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Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 2,080,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be locally common in several areas, even very common in some places (del Hoyo et al. 1997).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Benin Native Extant      
Burkina Faso Native Extant      
Cameroon Native Extant      
Central African Republic Native Extant      
Chad Native Extant      
Côte d'Ivoire Native Extant      
Gambia Native Extant      
Ghana Native Extant      
Guinea Native Extant      
Guinea-Bissau Native Extant      
Liberia Native Extant      
Mali Native Extant      
Niger Native Extant      
Nigeria Native Extant      
Senegal Native Extant      
Sierra Leone Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Togo Native Extant      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Benin Ouémé river basin site factsheet
Benin Pendjari National Park site factsheet
Benin W du Bénin National Park site factsheet
Burkina Faso Bérégadougou hill site factsheet
Burkina Faso Diéfoula - Logoniégué forest site factsheet
Burkina Faso Kaboré Tambi - Nazinga - Sissili complex site factsheet
Burkina Faso Mare aux Hippopotames site factsheet
Cameroon Bénoué National Park site factsheet
Cameroon Faro National Park site factsheet
Cameroon Gashiga - Demsa site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Comoe National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Lamto Ecological Research Station site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Marahoue National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Sangbe Mountain National Park site factsheet
Gambia Prufu - Darsilami area site factsheet
Ghana Bui National Park site factsheet
Ghana Damongo Scarp Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Digya National Park site factsheet
Ghana Gambaga Scarp (East) Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Gbele Resource Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Kalakpa Resource Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Kyabobo (proposed) National Park site factsheet
Ghana Mole National Park site factsheet
Ghana Shai Hills Resource Reserve site factsheet
Guinea Badiar site factsheet
Guinea Mafou site factsheet
Guinea Nialama site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Dulombi site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Lagoas de Cufada site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Rio Cacheu site factsheet
Guinea-Bissau Rio Tombali, Rio Cumbijã and Ilha de Melo site factsheet
Mali Bafing site factsheet
Mali Boucle du Baoulé site factsheet
Mali Sirakoroni - Tyènfala site factsheet
Niger 'W' National Park site factsheet
Nigeria Assop Falls and hills site factsheet
Nigeria Falgore and Lame Burra Game Reserves site factsheet
Nigeria Gashaka-Gumti National Park site factsheet
Nigeria IITA Forest Reserve, Ibadan site factsheet
Nigeria Kagoro - Nindam Forest Reserves site factsheet
Nigeria Kainji Lake National Park site factsheet
Nigeria Kamuku National Park site factsheet
Nigeria Lower Kaduna - Middle Niger flood-plain site factsheet
Nigeria Pandam Wildlife Park site factsheet
Nigeria Sunvit Farm site factsheet
Nigeria Yankari National Park site factsheet
Senegal Delta du Saloum site factsheet
Senegal Parc National de Basse Casamance site factsheet
Senegal Parc National du Niokolo-Koba site factsheet
Togo Fazao-Malfakassa National Park site factsheet
Togo Kéran National Park site factsheet
Togo Oti Valley Faunal Reserve site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban Areas suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland suitable resident
Savanna Dry suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 1000 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Utilisation

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Musophaga violacea. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Musophagidae (Turacos)
Species name author Isert, 1789
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 2,080,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Climate change species distributions