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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Cladus: Avemetatarsalia
Cladus: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauriformes
Cladus: Dracohors
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
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Cladus: Maniraptoriformes
Cladus: Maniraptora
Cladus: Pennaraptora
Cladus: Paraves
Cladus: Eumaniraptora
Cladus: Avialae
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Cladus: Neoaves
Ordo: Musophagiformes

Familia: Musophagidae
Subfamilia: Musophaginae
Genus: Tauraco
Species: T. bannermani – T. corythaix – T. erythrolophus – T. fischeriT. hartlaubi – T. leucolophus – T. leucotis - T. livingstonii – T. macrorhynchus – T. persa – T. porphyreolophus – T. ruspolii – T. schalowi – T. schuettii


Tauraco Kluk, 1779
Zwierzat domowych i dzikich ... 2 p. 25

Tauraco is a genus of turacos. It contains the "typical" or green turacos; though their plumage is not always green all over, the presence of significant amounts of turacoverdin-colored plumage generally sets Tauraco species apart from other Musophagidae. Indeed, as opposed to any other known birds, Tauraco turacos are the only living bird taxa that have any significant green pigment whatsoever, as the greens of many parrots etc. are due to structural color, not pigment. Their genus name was derived from a native West African name.[1]


The genus Tauraco was introduced in 1779 by the Polish naturalist Jan Krzysztof Kluk.[2] The type species was later designated as the Guinea turaco.[3]

The genus contains 13 species.[4]

Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
Guinea Turaco SMTC.jpg Guinea turaco (also called green turaco) Tauraco persa West and Central Africa, ranging from Senegal east to DR Congo and south to northern Angola
Tauraco livingstonii -captive -side-8a.jpg Livingstone's turaco Tauraco livingstonii Burundi, and is besides found from southern Tanzania to eastern and southern Malawi, eastern Zimbabwe, widely in Mozambique and along the subtropical coast of South Africa.
Tauraco schalowi -Lotherton Hall-8a.jpg Schalow's turaco Tauraco schalowi Zambia, central Angola, the southern DRC, and the uplands of southern Kenya, northern and western Tanzania and western Malawi
Tauraco corythaix 2.jpg Knysna turaco Tauraco corythaix South Africa
Black-billed Turaco.JPG Black-billed turaco Tauraco schuettii Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, West Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan.
Musophaga rossae -Lady Ross' Turaco -Houston Zoo.jpg Ross's turaco Tauraco rossae Cameroon to South Sudan and western Kenya south to Angola and Botswana
Tauraco fischeri - 20030516.jpg Fischer's turaco Tauraco fischeri Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania
Yellow-billed Turaco - Ankasa - Ghana 14 S4E2223.jpg Yellow-billed turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus Angola, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone
Tauraco hartlaubi-20081223b.jpg Hartlaub's turaco Tauraco hartlaubi Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
Violet Turaco RWD3.jpg Violet turaco Tauraco violaceus Senegal and Gambia to Chad and Central African Republic
Tauraco leucolophus -Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, USA-8a.jpg White-crested turaco Tauraco leucolophus eastern Nigeria and western Kenya
Red-crested Turaco RWD.jpg Red-crested turaco Tauraco erythrolophus Angola
Tauraco bannermani by Henrik Grönvold.jpg Bannerman's turaco Tauraco bannermani Cameroon


Carnaby, Trevor (2008). Beat about the bush: Birds (1st ed.). Johannesburg: Jacana. p. 31. ISBN 9781770092419.
Kluk, Krzysztofa (1779). Zwierzat domowych i dzikich, osobliwie kraiowych. Historyi naturalney poczatki i gospodarstwo. Tom. II. Z figurami. O ptastwie (in Polish). Warsaw: Drukarni J. K. Mości i Rzeczypospolitey u XX. Scholarum Piarum. p. 25.
Peters, James Lee, ed. (1940). Check-List of Birds of the World. Vol. 4. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 3.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2021). "Turacos, bustards, cuckoos, mesites, sandgrouse". IOC World Bird List Version 11.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 3 July 2021.

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