Ruspoli's Turaco Tauraco ruspolii
Ruspoli's Turaco, Genale Valley, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image

Lake Langano, Ethiopia
January 2016

Ruspoli's Turaco is endemic to Ethiopia and is distributed to a small area in the south. See the distribution map at Birdlife International who classify the species as Vulnerable. It was previously classified as Endangered but has recently been found to be more common than previously thought and not confined to primary habitat. The population is less than 10,000 individuals.

It is distinguished from White-cheeked Turaco T. leucotis by the pinkish-cream crest and the lack of a white patch in front of the eye.

It is named after its discoverer, Prince Ruspoli, an Italian aristocrat who was exploring in Ethiopia from 1891 to 1893 when he was killed by an elephant he had wounded.

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