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Choco Toucan

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Photo by Stanley JonesBuenaventura Reserve, El Oro Province, Ecuador, November 2014
Photo by Stanley Jones
Buenaventura Reserve, El Oro Province, Ecuador, November 2014
Ramphastos brevis


[edit] Identification

Length 43-45cm (17-18in.)
Typical morph of tropical Toucans, with huge (15cm) bill, black body, and bright yellow front. Long black tail, white rump, and bright red undertail coverts.

[edit] Similar species

Similar to Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, but slightly smaller, and lower section of bill is black instead of chestnut-colored (hard to distinguish in poor light).

[edit] Distribution

Photographed by mmdnjeMindo, Ecuador, June 2004
Photographed by mmdnje
Mindo, Ecuador, June 2004

South America: found in the lowland and foothills on west side of Andes mountains, Ecuador and Colombia.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Canopy and borders of humid lowland forests. Observed at heights around 800 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

There is little information available about their diet, but thought to include various fruits and insects'

[edit] Breeding

The clutch consists of 3-4 white eggs which are incubated for 16 days; the young fledge about 45-50 days later.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2015)

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