Turacos rank among the most colorful birds in Africa. A white-crested turaco has a vibrant shade of dark blue body feathers and lime green plumage on its breast. White feathers extend around the face and then up behind the head in the shape of a Mohawk. Black sits above the beak and between the eyes, where red-bare orbital skin surrounds each eye.
For zoologists, the turaco’s most distinctive feature, apart from the copper pigments, is its semi-zygodactylous toes. Each foot has a pair of toes that face forward and a pair that face backwards (8 toes in all), but turacos have a more flexible toe on the rear of each claw that can move to the side. This flexibility makes for easy grip and tree-climbing.
Canon EOS REBEL T1i, Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm.
Location: Brevard Zoo Aviary, Melbourne, Florida (USA).
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