Recent surveys of Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco (Tauraco ruspolii) - endemic to southern Ethiopia - suggest that rates of habitat change have been very fast in the northern part of the species’ range, where large areas have been converted to agriculture and plantations of exotic trees.

“The results of this survey will be of immediate use for conservation, as the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS), prepares to develop a Conservation Action Plan for Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco”, said Mengistu Wondafrash, Executive Director of EWNHS.

The Species Action Plan work will be made possible through recently secured financial support from the 2010 British Birdwatching Fair.

The woodlands bordering Sede and Lela Lemu forests support high densities of the species and are a key site for the conservation of the species, as they host the most important surviving population. The forests themselves are inhabited by a rich avifauna that also includes the White-cheeked Turaco (Tauraco leucotis).

Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco, is a macaw-sized bird with scarlet and navy-blue wings, a long tail and a green-and-white head.

It was named after Prince Ruspoli who ‘discovered’ it 1893.