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Hartlaub's Turaco Turacos are the only birds to posess true red and green colour. When you look at most birds the colour you are seeing is a reflection produced by the feather's structure. The turaco's red pigment (turacin) and green pigment (turacoverdin) both contain copper. These are the only creatures to have copper in their system! Africa,Birds,Fall,Geotagged,Hartlaubs Turaco,South Africa,Tauraco hartlaubi,Turacos Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Hartlaub's Turaco

Turacos are the only birds to posess true red and green colour. When you look at most birds the colour you are seeing is a reflection produced by the feather's structure. The turaco's red pigment (turacin) and green pigment (turacoverdin) both contain copper. These are the only creatures to have copper in their system!

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  1. Cool - I saw these when I climbed Kilimanjaro. Posted 3 years ago

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The Hartlaub's turaco is a species of bird in the Musophagidae family. It is found in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The common name and Latin binomial commemorate the German physician and ornithologist Gustav Hartlaub.

Similar species: Turacos
Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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By Claire Hamilton

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Uploaded Oct 19, 2012. Captured Apr 26, 2012 15:07 in Unnamed Road, South Africa.
  • Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
  • f/4.5
  • 1/15s
  • ISO400
  • 79mm