? Back to All Animals Origin: Central Africa, from Senegal to the Central African Republic Scientific Name: Musophaga violacea Averaging 19 inches in length, violet turacos are named for their rich purple feathers. They build flimsy nests from twigs and branches, with females laying two eggs on average. They have semi zygodactylous toes, which means the outer toe can move forward or backward depending on the situation Turacos produce their vivid colors with the bright-red pigment turacin. They’re unique in their ability to store this pigment. Violet turaco has a loud cooroo-cooroo call.