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Birds of South Africa

Click on Links below to see info of South African and St. Lucia Bird Species
African Crowned Eagle| African Fish Eagle| Black Shouldered Kite| Blue Crane| Great White Pelican| Malachite Kingfisher| Purple Crested Lourie| Secretary Bird| Spotted Eagle Owl| Verreaux's (Black) Eagle|

Common Name: Purple Crested Lourie

Scientific Name: Gallirex porphyre

Description:

The Purple-crested Lourie is a fairly large bird up to about 45 cm long, with beautiful green and purple plumage, and striking red wings in flight. It has a glossy, deep-purple crown and crest. They are fruit- and berry-eaters, and will also visit domestic fruit trees such as guavas. Their calls are a loud woop-woop-woop-korr-korr and kok-kok-kok.

Bird

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Size:

Large to medium sized bird measuring about 41 to 42cm high

Area:

Occurs from Uganda through Tanzania to Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa.

Habits:

It mainly lives in closed woodland, particularly riverine woodland, although it can also be found in thick scrub and coastal forest. Might be locally threatened by deforestation, however it has adapted to human interference better than other turacos, as it has started to move into suburban gardens and alien vegetation. It is also in demand as a cage bird, but the impact that this has on its numbers is unknown.

Nesting:

The nest is built by both sexes, with one collecting sticks and handing them to other, who adds it to the nest. It is usually placed in matted creepers, dense mistletoe or isolated thorn trees. Egg-laying season is roughly from August-February. t lays 2-4 eggs, which are incubated by both sexes, for 21-23 days. The chicks are brooded for the first week of their lives, after which brooding progressively decreases. The chicks leave the nest before they can fly, at about 21 days old, but at about 38 days old, they make they're first flight.

Food:

It eats almost exclusively fruit, foraging in tree canopies, perching at the end of branches to pick the fruit. directly.