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 Post subject: Turaco: Purple-crested (Lourie) Turaco
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What a striking bird!!! Lovely to c so many of them in P-kop. Must be one of my favourites. The red of those wings in flight only comes in a close second after that of the joined winner's chest and throat of the crimson-breasted shrike(not found in Kruger) and the Gorgeous Bush Shrike.


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Skukuza and Lower Sabie also excellent for Purple Crested Turaco (previously lourie) and always worth looking at. Their call is giveaway so worth learning.


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Skukuza and Lower Sabie also excellent for Purple Crested Turaco (previously lourie) and always worth looking at. Their call is giveaway so worth learning.


Spotted twice at LS
LS from the restaurant deck in the trees towards the cottages.
LS from the parking area to the reception

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I photographed this bird at berg-en-dahl (or was it at Lower sabie... I can't remember now!) last year - it was just outside our rondavel and it was my first and only sighting and I was very excited at the time!


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Saw my first pair just outside Pretoriuskop the morning we got married: was really cute...they were pecking at each others beaks like they were kissing.

Last trip, it was the only bird I saw on the Flycatcher trail at Punda Maria - despite walking it twice from 6am!


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I photographed this bird at berg-en-dahl (or was it at Lower sabie... I can't remember now!) last year - it was just outside our rondavel and it was my first and only sighting and I was very excited at the time!


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 Post subject: loeries
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The purple crested touraco was very common in and around Nelspruit up until a year or two ago. They are now becoming rare - the red feathers are highly prized by the Swazi people. It is used in the head dress of chiefs and the royal family to signify their status. High prices are paid for these red feathers, and the bird is now not nearly as common as it used to be in the town.
If hand reared, they become extremely tame and are absolute characters - if anyone knows the sound they make, imagine that being blasted into your ears from 10cm away!!
Did you know by the way that the Knysna Touraco is the only bird with true green pigment - all other "green" birds are the result of the refraction of light through the feathers.

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 Post subject: loeries
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I know we are making light hearted banter of this subject, but on a serious note, it is a real problem in the lowveld. The louries are easily lured with fruit and trapped. On the farm where I stay, we have lost over 8 pairs in the last 3 years. Once they were a common sight in all Nelspruit gardens, and now they are a rather special sighting in certain areas.

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Saw 3 of these lovely birds on the highway going towards L/Sabie from Skukuza,past Nkuhlu last week.

Then, 17km down the S3 from Kruger Gate towards Phabeni there is a little viewing spot of the Sabie River. When I stopped here last week for some coffee 2 Brown-headed(hooded?) Kingfishers joined us, soon to be followed by a PCT.

Will see if my pics came out. Tried to get some but these darn birds just wouldn't keep still. :D

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 Post subject: Purple crested Lourie
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My daughter in law came around to the house today, with this bird in her hand. She had saved it from one of her "workers" who wanted to eat it!!! She promised him a piece of steak the same size as this magnificent bird.

This purple crested lourie is the "National Bird" of Swaziland. She could have taken this worker to the Police. The bird is protected here as it is known as "Royal", same as pythons and crocodiles.

She let it go far from the house, our dogs and cats. The lourie flew away, but I dont know where it came from as it is mainly known to be in the lowveld of Swaziland.

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Note the beautiful red feathers that the purple crested louried shows when he flies.

Does anyone know if this could be a young bird?

I am glad he got away. I just hope he is now safe and found his way home.

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They are in abundance in Pretoriuskop camping area.

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Eish, wish I had known :( , was there last year. The only time I've seen is in a private reserve, you know one of those photo's where you say "that dark green blur is a.... ":lol:


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Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 5:03 pm 
Nobody else has pics of these gorgeous birds? :?

This past weekend the Purple-crested Turaco’s really put up a show for us….enjoying a bath in the sprinklers.

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The red feathers that is sadly so much in demand :cry:

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Saw some again this weekend in Natal but unfortunately they always kept some foliage between themselves and the camera lens. So no pics :(

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I saw 2 of the beautiful birds at Pretoriaskop this year August. One flew past us as we were swimming and we followed it and got another glimpse. We saw the second while driving the S3 :D

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