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Variant of turaco.


(ˈtʊərəˌkəʊ) or


n, pl -cos
(Animals) any brightly coloured crested arboreal African bird of the family Musophagidae: order Cuculiformes (cuckoos, etc)
[C18: of West African origin]


(ˈtʊər əˌkoʊ)

n., pl. -cos.
any of various large, typically brightly colored birds of the family Musophagidae, of Africa: most species have helmetlike crests.
[1735–45; < French touraco or Dutch toerako]
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Noun1.touraco - large brightly crested bird of Africatouraco - large brightly crested bird of Africa
cuculiform bird - birds having zygodactyl feet (except for the touracos)
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Where hundreds of generators and pumps and boom boxes had drowned out the cacophony of the jungle days before, I could now hear the calls of blue touracos and hornbills.
Most prominent among frugivorous animals are passerine birds (e.g., tanagers, thrushes, cotingas, starlings, birds of paradise, waxwings), non-passerine birds (e.g., toucans, trogons, parrots, pigeons, hornbills, touracos), mammalian carnivores such as bears, procyonids (e.g., raccoons, coatis), viverrids (e.g., civets, genets), and canids (e.g., coyotes, foxes), and, in tropical regions, monkeys, bats, forest ungulates, reptiles and fishes (Dubost, 1984; Bodmer, 1989, 1991; Jordano, 1992; Milton, 1992; Horn, 1997; Atsalis, 1999; Duncan & Chapman, 1999; Hamann & Curio, 1999; Jordano, 2000; Clarke & Downie, 2001; Herrera, 2002; Olesen & Valido, 2003; Morris et al., 2006; Bravo, 2008; Celedon-Neghme et al., 2008; Galetti et al., 2008).