Crimson-rumped Toucanet

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Common Name: Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Scientific Name: Aulacorhynchus haematopygus

Size: 14 inches (35cm)

Habitat: South America. It is found in humid Andean forests in Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: Unknown amount of mature individuals. The population trend appears to be stable.

Diet: Fruits and insects but will also eat lizards, eggs and nestlings of small birds. Toucans get most of the water they need from the fruits they eat.

Nesting: Sexes alike but males are slightly larger. The Crimson-rumped Toucanet's plumage is mostly green, frequently tinged blue. The rump and tail tip are maroon-red. The beak is black and maroon, with a white band at its base.

Mating season is typically March through July. A pair will ‘bill-fence’ as a courtship ritual; usually after nest preparations have finished. The nest is usually 2-30m above ground in an old woodpecker hole or crevice of tree. Three to four white eggs are laid. Incubation lasts about 16 days. Both parents incubate the eggs. Chicks hatch naked and blind. Chicks fledge after about 40 days. Parents will still feed them if the young return to the nest to roost, but by day 43 none will return.

Cool Facts: Aulacorhynchus species are considered the green toucanets, which suits this bird pretty well besides its blue-tinged breast and ruby-red rump. Seen in pairs or small flocks of eight or so. They are very active birds that cover great spans of territory while searching for food in the canopy to mid level of the forest.

Found in Songbird ReMix Toucans 2

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