Boh Yee Phang - Knysna Turaco
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Title: Knysna Turaco
Specie: Knysna Turaco
Description: Kysna Loerie (in South Africa).
The Knysna turaco can be largely found in Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland with life span of 30 years. Its signature feature is the thick but small orange-red bill, with a mainly green plumage and a white line under the brown eye, plus a deep red eye-ring. The head comprises a crest with tipped white. It shows conspicuous crimson primary flight feathers to escape predators. Turacos are the only bird that possess true red (turacin) and green pigments (turacoverdin), which both contain copper. Fun fact, if you place a red turaco feather into a glass of water, the water would turn pink after you stirred! The Knysta turaco is usually seen moving around small noisy flocks as you can see in my illustration. They prey on fruits, leaves and insects.
Category: Nature illustration
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