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Black-billed Mountain Toucan (Andigena nigrirostris)

…a small species of toucan that is native to the highland forests in the Andes of western Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and northern Peru. Like other toucan species A.nigrirostris feeds mostly on fruit and the occasional insect or lizard.  Despite what their common name suggests only one subspecies (A.n.nigrirostris) actually has a fully black bill the others have bills that are chestnut and partially black.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Piciformes-Rhamphastidae-Andigena-A.nigrirostris

Image(s): Felix Uribe

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