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Keel-billed Toucan - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Sulphur-breasted Toucan

Photo by Glen Tepke
Photographed in Panama.
Ramphastos sulfuratus


Huge brightly colored bill. Black body with bright yellow front, white rump, brilliant red undertail coverts, and blue feet.


Southern Mexico to northern Colombia and north-west most Venezuela.


In flight. Photo by Jim Crosswell
Photographed: Finca Oro, Costa Rica, January 2010.
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Two subspecies are recognized:

  • R. sulfuratus
  • R. brevicarinatus


Tropical, subtropical, and lowland rainforests.


They nest in holes in trees. 1-4 eggs are laid and are incubated for 15-20 days. Both parents feed the young.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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