International Turaco Society



Welcome to our Website


A Turaco is an exotic African softbill.

The attractive pair canoodling here are White-cheeked Turacos. Later we will introduce you to many more species as you continue to tour the site. Please select your destination using the navigation buttons on the left.

Pair of White-cheeked Turacos

The International Turaco Society aims to research and promote good husbandry practices; support conservation projects that have an impact on wild populations and unite turaco enthusiasts around the world.

The International Turaco Society was set up in 1993 by a group of turaco enthusiasts who met at the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford (Oxfordshire in England). Anyone interested in any aspect of keeping or breeding turacos is welcome to join.

My thanks to the members who have paid their subscription for 2014. If you have not paid yet, but wish to continue to be a member, then please renew your subscription now. Thank you.

Membership rates for 2015:

  • £15 U.K. or overseas, if you want your magazines posted to you.
  • £10 U.K. or overseas, if you want your magazines sent by e-mail as a pdf.

Please support the I.T.S. You can apply or renew on line.

Issue 42, Winter 2014, is currently at the proof reading stage, so should be ready for printing soon.

If you have a news item or an article with photographs for Issue 43, Spring 2015, then please e-mail them to our editor: Georgie Jefferies: Thank you.

What's new on the site? (newest first)
  • Members adverts - turacos wanted or for sale - updated 15th December
  • Numbers of members and which countries they come from (members only, link 'Information') - updated 10th December
  • Membership subscription rates for 2015 updated 23rd October - here
  • Members personal details, by request only (members only, link 'Information') - updated 18th October
  • Removed 18 members from 2013 who have not yet paid for 2014 - updated 17th October
  • Advice on purchasing turacos (members link 'Stock') - added 2nd October
  • Magazine contents full list - updated 2nd October
  • Bibliography of articles from ITS Magazines on Turaco Management and Wild Observations (members only, link 'Resources') - updated 2nd October
  • Magazine extract for Issue 41 (members link 'Resources') - added 30th September
  • ITS Magazine Issue 41 (available for purchase)
  • Some FAQs added on 27th September. If you have any other questions about the ITS or turacos in captivity or the wild, please complete and submit the form at the bottom of the FAQ page.
  • Details about the Avicultural Society Summer Garden Party at Birdworld on June 22nd
  • Revised Constitution 13/04/14 (members only)
  • Message from Nigel Hewston, about the launch of an annual scholarship. Added 23rd April
  • Minutes of 2014 Committee Meeting and A.G.M. including Chairman's Report and Profit and Loss Account sheet (members only, link 'Meetings') - added 20th April
  • 2015 AGM date is Sunday 12th April 2015 (see details) - added 20th April 2014
  • Information about conservation projects in Africa that the ITS has helped to sponsor - added 18th March
  • Turaco husbandry basics (here) and more detailed husbandry information for members - added 15th February
  • Magazine extract for Issue 40 (members only, link 'Resources') - added 5th February
  • ITS Magazine Issue 40 (available for purchase)
  • Update of Members password for 2014 (members only) - 1st January
  • Message from Stewart Thompson, a Professor in Biodiversity Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, about a project to assess the genetic diversity of as many species of turaco as they can. Added Sunday 15th December
  • Link to video of Great Blue Turaco chick hatching at Nashville Zoo. My thanks to Shelley Norris, Avian Area Supervisor at Nashville Zoo, Tennessee, USA for allowing me to add it to the ITS website.
  • Book for sale - Mousebirds In Aviculture by Kateri J. Davis (signed by the author) - special offer for ITS Members - added 27th April 2013 - only one left (June 2014)

Contact ITS Secretary
E-mail: Nigel Hewston

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