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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.

The current pandemic is affecting us all in a range of ways, one of these being financially, for probably most of us, now and also in the long run. Although subscription to the ITS is not a large sum of money, combined with a number of other club subscriptions, it might not be a priority when finances are tight. It was agreed in committee that we offer a subscription holiday for one year. It worked as follows. Members who had paid up to:

  • 2018 - were offered the chance to pay for 2019 by the end of April 2020 (receive magazine issues 51 and 52) and get 2020 for free. Some did, but sadly 29 non-paying members were removed from the membership list on 6th May
  • 2019 – got 2020 for free (contact for the members' password)
  • 2020 – will get 2021 for free
  • 2023 (1 member) – will get 2024 for free.

If you are a pdf member, then the extension is for one year of pdf membership, if a full member, then you get an extra year of full membership.

If anyone would still like to pay their subscription, then of course it will be gratefully received. Thank you to those members who have already done this.

My Chairman’s Report, normally given at the AGM, has been posted in the Members’ section of this website.

Membership rates:

  • £15 U.K. or overseas, if you want magazine issues posted to you.
  • £10 U.K. or overseas, if you want magazine issues sent via e-mail link to download as pdfs.

Please support the I.T.S.  You can apply or renew on line.
If you wish to pay a subscription directly into the ITS bank account, please contact the webmaster for details of our bank account.

Members, remember that you can advertise turacos wanted or for sale on this website, free of charge, see here.  

A link to a pdf copy of Issue 53, Summer 2020, was e-mailed out to all pdf members on 16/05/20 and a printed version was posted out to all paid-up members by this date.

If you have anything which could be included in future issues, please e-mail them to

What's new on the site? (newest first)
  • Members adverts - turacos wanted or for sale - updated 13th August
  • Numbers of members and which countries they come from (members only, link 'Information') - updated 2nd August
  • Magazine Issue 53 (newest issue) available for purchase - here - added 20th May
  • Magazine contents full list - updated 20th May
  • Magazine extract for Issue 53 (members link 'Resources') - added 20th May
  • Text about 'Subscription Holiday' added above - 13th April
  • Chairman's report for 2020, including accounts for the year (members only, link 'Meetings') - added 9th April
  • Minutes of 2019 Committee Meeting and A.G.M. (members only, link 'Meetings') - not signed off yet as 2020 meetings cancelled
  • Bibliography of articles from ITS Magazines on Turaco Management and Wild Observations (members only, link 'Resources') - updated 4th April
  • Shop updated (Royal Mail price increases from 23rd March 2020) - here
  • 2020 AGM, planned for Sunday 5th April, has been cancelled - edited16th March 2020
  • Update of members' password for 2020 (members only) - 1st January
  • Lost and found' link to UK National Pet Register added - 28th September
  • Members personal details, by request only (members only, link 'Information') - updated 24th September
  • Link to a guide which helps you identify different tail feathers you might encounter in North America - other sites - added 6th August

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E-mail: Mark Smith

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