Definition of turaco in English:


(also touraco)


  • A fruit-eating African bird with brightly coloured plumage, a prominent crest, and a long tail.

    Family Musophagidae (the turaco family): three genera, especially Musophaga and Tauraco, and several species. The turaco family also includes the go-away birds and plantain-eaters

    Also called lourie in South Africa
    • ‘The only animals to be found here are blue and Colobus monkeys and a variety of birds including hornbill and turaco.’
    • ‘The turaco was found to differentiate among the calls of predators and those of competitors.’
    • ‘The number of extra steps required to unite hoatzin with turacos or cuckoos is large.’


Mid 18th century: from French touraco, from a West African word.