Behoove official turaco whistles!

Zazu, Can't Wait to be Queen

Turacos are birds that appear in The Lion Guard universe. They live in the Pride Lands.


In the Real World

There are many species of turacos, but the ones featured in The Lion Guard are great blue turacos, the largest of all turaco species. These stout birds have mostly turquoise blue or grayish blue feathers, though their lower breasts, bellies, and undertail feathers are dull yellowish green and their undertail coverts, lower belly, and tibial feathers are chestnut brown. Their blue and yellow tail feathers are darker at the tips. They possess large, bright yellow beaks with red tips. Turacos bear dark blue crests atop their heads and red-brown eyes.

In The Lion Guard

The turacos featured in The Lion Guard differ slightly in appearance from real turacos. While they do have blue upperparts and bluish black crests, their underparts are sky blue rather than yellow-green.


In the Real World

Turacos are tree-dwelling birds that spend all day feeding upon various plant parts (fruit, leaves, blossoms, etc) and insects. Turacos are vocal birds that utter deep, guttural calls, sometimes preceded by a quieter rolling trill noise. These sounds play a significant part in their displays of courtship. Female turacos lay two eggs at a time. These eggs are round, almost spherical, and light blue in color. When the offspring hatch, they are fed with regurgitated leaves.

In The Lion Guard

It is mentioned during Duties of the King that turacos have official whistles. The king behooves these whistles.


The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

During Zuka Zama, turacos lean out from behind a tree and begin moving their wings up and down while singing "Zuka zama zom zom zom!". They reappear at the end of the song, in the same place.

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Can't Wait to be Queen

During Duties of the King, Zazu sings that it is one of the king's duties to behoove official turaco whistles. A turaco lands on a branch near Simba opens its beak(presumably whistling), and flies away. Later in the song, a turaco flies from one side of a forest path to the other.

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A turaco flies by Simba

The Search for Utamu

At the very end of the episode, turacos are shown flying by, along with a bee-eater.

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Gliding turacos

The Call of the Drongo

When Tamaa sings about his trouble getting food, turaco pecks at some seeds.

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A turaco eats

The Imaginary Okapi

In the song Life in the Pride Lands, several turacos are perched on a branch near some grazing gazelles.

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Perched on a tree

The Trail to Udugu

In the song Running with the King, some turacos start flying around with some bee-eaters when Simba passes by. A bit later in the song, more turacos pass by Simba again when he walks over some turtles to cross a stream.

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"Birds flutter and sing!"

Ono's Idol

Turacos can be seen awaiting the legendary eagle Hadithi's arrival in the Pride Lands. During the song Hadithi the Hero, a few can be seen idolizing him, with one fanning herself and another collapsing after receiving a wink from their hero.

Later, a turaco appears at Hadithi's Royal Mudprint Ceremony.

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A turaco receives a wink from Hadithi

Beshte and the Hippo Lanes

A turaco appears when Beshte sings Makin' Hippo Lanes in the Flood Plains.

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A turaco sings along

Babysitter Bunga

A turaco is seen watching Bunga during Teke Ruka Teleza. They dance a little to the beat.

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Turaco watching Bunga

The Wisdom of Kongwe

A turaco is mentioned by Makini for what's its favorite colors. 

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