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Musophaga rossae (Ross's turaco, Ross's lourie) 

Rooikuifloerie [Afrikaans]; Lady Ross-toerako [Dutch]; Touraco de Lady Ross [French]; Rossturako [German]; Turaco de Ross [Portuguese]

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Musophaga rossae (Ross's turaco, Ross's lourie)   

Ross's turaco, Uganda. [photo Jeff Higgott / sequella.co.uk ]


Distribution and habitat

Occurs from Cameroon to Uganda south through the DRC to Zambia and Angola. It is a rare vagrant to southern Africa, recorded twice in northern Botswana and once in northern Namibia (near the Caprivi Strip). It generally prefers evergreen and riverine forest, deciduous thickets with termite mounds and dense miombo (Brachystegia), mavunda (Cryptosepalum) and marquesia (Marquesia) forests.


Mainly eats fruit, doing most of its foraging in groups in the forest canopy. The following food items have been recorded in its diet in central Africa:

  • Plants
    • fruit
      • Rhoicissus (wild grapes)
      • Bridelia (sweetberry)
      • Musanga (stinging nettle)
      • Dahlgrenodendron (wild laurels)
      • Psidium guajava (cultivated guavas)
    • flowers of Grevillea (alien silky oak)
  • Invertebrates


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.