Choco Toucan

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Common Name: Choco Toucan
Scientific Name: Ramphastos brevis

Size: 21 ½ inches (54 cm)

Habitat: South America; found in the Pacific lowlands and lower foothills of southwest Colombia and northwest Ecuador.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: The population size has not been quantified, but is believe to be declining. Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable.

Diet: Fruits, insects, frogs, lizards and bird eggs.

Nesting: Its very striking plumage includes black upper-parts, a bright yellow throat and breast, a white rump, and red undertail coverts. The bill is black with a bright yellow culmen. It overlaps almost completely with the nearly identical Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos swainsoni), and is best separated by its slightly smaller size, its black, as opposed to “chestnut” lower mandible, and most-importantly voice.

Cool Facts: Like other members of the genus Ramphastos, they move in small groups of 2-5 individuals, and nest in large cavities. Generally found in intact forest, but also frequent forest edge situations. They are often found foraging in fruiting trees. Males often work their way to the tops of large trees with emergent dead branches to call from, and they swish their heads back and forth while calling.

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