These birds are also known as violaceous turacos or violet plantain-eaters. Their plumage is a glossy violet color except for their thick orange bill,
yellow forehead and crimson crown. The main flight feathers on the wings are
also crimson in color. Despite these bright colors the birds are often quite
indistinguishable in the dense canopy of their forest home.
are social birds, traveling in flocks of around ten to twelve individuals. Nestlings show their hunger not by chirping like most baby birds but by opening their large orange-red mouth. Parents respond by regurgitating a fruit/insect mixture directly into the babies throat. All this is done in silence perhaps due to the number of predators in the forest.