Menelikornis ruspolii (Salvadori, 1896:44)

Prince Ruspoli's turaco, Ruspoli's turaco



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Turacus ruspolii Salvadori, 1896:44 (original combination); Tauraco ruspolii (Salvadori, 1896:44)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1890's

Rediscovered in 1940's

IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Salvadori, T. (1896). Uccelli raccolti da Don Eugenio dei Principi Ruspoli: durante l'ultimo suo Viaggio regioni dei Somali e dei Galla. Annali del Museo civico di storia naturale di Genova (2) 36: 43-46.

Other references:

BirdLife International. (2012). Tauraco ruspolii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. ( Downloaded on 19 April 2015.

Borghesio, L. 1997. Field observations on Prince Ruspoli's Turaco Tauraco ruspolii. Scopus 19: 83-91.

Borghesio, L. 1997. Observations on the ecology of Tauraco ruspolii and T. leucotis in southern Ethiopia. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 117: 11-18.

Borghesio, L.; Giannetti, F.; Ndang'ang'a, K.; Shimelis, A.; Borghesio, A.; Rizzo, D.; Fufa, K. 2004. A reassessment of the conservation status of Prince Ruspoli's Turaco Tauraco ruspolii. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 11(2): 105-111.

Borghesio, L.; Kumsa, T.; Lernould, J.-M.; Bekele, A. 2009. Le touraco de Ruspoli: menacé par son hybridation avec le touraco à joues blanches? CEPA Magazine 19-20: 20-22.

Borghesio, L.; Massa, R. 2000. Status and conservation of Prince Ruspoli's Turaco Tauraco ruspolii. Ostrich 71: 355-358.

Collar, N. J.; Stuart, S. N. 1985. Threatened birds of Africa and related islands: the ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book. International Council for Bird Preservation, and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Cambridge, U.K.

EWNHS. 1996. Important Bird Areas of Ethiopia: a first inventory. Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society, Addis Ababa.

Lernould, J. M.; Seitre, R. 2002. Observation d'hybrides naturels entre le touraco à joues blanches Tauraco leucotis et le touraco du prince ruspoli Tauraco ruspolii. Alauda 70: 247-251.

Lernould, J. M. and Seitre, R. (2004). Does hybridisation with White-cheeked Turaco Tauraco leucotis represent a threat for Prince Ruspoli's Turaco T. ruspolii? Bulletin of the African Bird Club 11(2): 112-116.

Turner, D. A. 1997. Musophagidae (Turacos). In: del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. (ed.), Handbook of the birds of the world, pp. 480-506. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.


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