Red-billed Toucan Ramphastos tucanus
(aka White-throated Toucan)

Brazilian name: tucano-grande-de-papo-branco
Red-billed Toucan, Manaus, Brazil, September 2003 - click for larger image Brazil

The Red-billed Toucan is distributed in the Guyanas, and in north-east Amazonian Brazil east of the rio Negro and mainly north of the Amazon although it is also found in north Pará and northern Maranhão. Photos 1 to 3 were taken around Manaus while photos 4 and 5 were taken at Carajás, Pará.

Red-billed Toucan, Manaus, Brazil, September 2003 - click for larger image Many authorities lump this species with Cuvier's Toucan R. cuvieri but the HBW and Birdlife International Checklist treat it as a separate species. It has to be noted however that there are extensive zones of hybridisation between the two species and the bills on several of the birds shown here are not particularly red.

It is found in rainforest, especially near water, in clearings and occasionally in city trees. It forages in the canopy where it feeds on fruit, insects, small reptiles and birds eggs.

Red-billed Toucan, Manaus, Brazil, September 2003 - click for larger image Like all toucans it is very vocal and it is a "yelper" rather than a "croaker"


There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto .

Red-billed Toucan, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image
Red-billed Toucan, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image
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