On Friday I gave you this bird skull to identify:
I thought it might prove a bit of a challenge, since it belongs to a bird that isn’t found in Europe or North America. However, the skull shape and size is quite unique and I was forgetting the impressive skills of the Zygoma readers, so it didn’t take too long for Barbara Powell, Wouter van Gestel (who I believe may be involved in SkullSite.com – one of my favourite web resources) and henstridgesj to narrow it down to the correct species.
These West and Central African birds don’t eat bananas, feeding instead mainly on fruit, buds and invertebrates. I can’t find much information on this peculiar species, but it is interesting to note that Turacos in general have a unique green pigment in their feathers called turacoverdin. As a species they seem a bit ungainly, but really quite attractive.