Definition of touraco in US English:


(also turaco)


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

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

    • ‘The turaco was found to differentiate among the calls of predators and those of competitors.’
    • ‘The only animals to be found here are blue and Colobus monkeys and a variety of birds including hornbill and turaco.’
    • ‘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.