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2012-05-30
Turaco crimson flight feathers - Saswati Royal Family.


Turaco crimson flight feathers - Saswati Royal Family.

The Purple-crested Turaco is the National Bird of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The crimson flight feathers of this and related Turaco species are important in the Ceremonial Regalia of the Saswati Royal Family.

The Purple-crested Turaco - Tauraco porphyreolophus - is found in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. They live in moist woodland and evergreen forests. Food consists  mainly of fruit.

These birds have a purple crest above a green head, a red ring around their eyes, and a black bill. The neck and chest are green and brown. The rest of the body is purple, with bright red flight feathers.


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