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The great blue turaco (Corythaeola cristata) is a turaco, a group of African otidimorphae. It is the largest species of turaco. Generally, the great blue turaco is 70–76 cm (28–30 in) in length with a mass of 800–1,231 g (1.764–2.714 lb).[2] In the Bandundu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the great blue turaco is actively hunted for meat and feathers[citation needed]. The blue and yellow tail feathers are prized for making good luck talismans. In the area of Bandundu around the city of Kikwit, it is called "Kolonvo"[citation needed].

Great blue turaco
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pair, Kibale Forest, Uganda
Call recorded in Kakamega Forest, Kenya
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Musophagiformes
Family: Musophagidae
Genus: Corythaeola
Heine, 1860
C. cristata
Binomial name
Corythaeola cristata
(Vieillot, 1816)
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At San Diego Zoo, California
Taxidermied specimen at Science Museum of the University of Coimbra, Portugal


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Corythaeola cristata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ CRC Handbook of Avian Body Masses by John B. Dunning Jr. (Editor). CRC Press (1992), ISBN 978-0-8493-4258-5.