|Gould's Toucanet Selenidera
Brazilian name: Saripoca-de-gould
Gould's Toucanet is found in central Brazil south of the Amazon and into adjacent parts of Bolivia. It is found in humid lowland forest including gallery forest and seems to tolerate secondary forest which is where we found the pair in photos 1 to 4 taken at the Serra de Carajás.
|Photos 5 and 6 were taken at the Serra de Baturité, Ceará where there is a disjunct population approximately 800 kilometres from the main population. Some authorities regard this as a distinct sub-species S. g. baturitensis but Short & Horne in both HBW Vol. 7 and "Toucans, Barbets and Honeyguides" state that the differences are clinal and the species should be regarded as monotypic.|
|The plumage is very similar to Gold-collared Toucanet S. reinwardtii and Spot-billed Toucanet S. maculirostris but the bill pattern and colouring are distinctive. As in the other species the male has a black crown, nape and underparts while the female, seen here in photos 2 and 6, has chestnut replacing the black of the male.|
|Photos 3 and 4 show the
spectacular display where the male stretches skyward with his
tail cocked then drops down while uttering a series of frog-like
croaks. This is repeated several times for a few minutes.
There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.
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