Knysna Loerie Bird

March 10, 2012 by staff 

Knysna Loerie Bird, The Knysna Lourie, A large green bird with a short hooked bill and brilliant red wings. The bill is short, deep and sharply curved and is orange-red. The eye is brown and the eye-ring deep red. There is a white line just under the eye, which extends behind the eye. It has a long and heavy tail, as is mostly green – the wing coverts darker metallic green.

The Knysna Loerie has a tall, elegant, rounded crested, which is tipped white. The primary wing flight feathers are bright red – which can be seen when the bird is in flight. Also known as the Knysna Turaco, it is a bird found in forests, and only in South Africa. Usually seen flying between forest trees, when it’s brilliant red outer wing feathers can be seen. It hops with agility in trees and along branches.

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