The Violet Turaco (Musophaga violacea) is a large turaco, a group of African near-passerines. It is a resident breeder in the forests of tropical west Africa. It lays two eggs in a tree platform nest.
These are unmistakable birds, although often inconspicuous in the treetops. They are 45 cm (18 in) long, including a long tail. The plumage is glossy violet, except for the yellow forehead and chestnut crown; the bill is thick and red. In flight, Violet Turaco's crimson primary flight feathers contrast with the violet plumage.
This species is a common breeder in climax forest with plentiful tall trees. It feeds on fruit, especially figs, and some seeds.
Cooperative breeding behavior has been observed in captivity in this species.
Violet Turaco has a loud cooroo-cooroo call.
It is also called the violaceous plantain-eater.