Spot-billed Toucanet

The Spot-billed Toucanet, Selenidera maculirostris, is a member of the Ramphastidae Family occurring in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.

Selenidera maculirostris feeds mainly on fruits and makes regional migrations following the fruiting season of species such as Palm-heart (Euterpe edulis).

In the photo you can see a couple, the one with black cap is the male.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Aisse Gaertner | Locality: Brazil

Guianan Toucanet - female  (Araçari-negro, Tucaneta de la Guayana)

Although not as popular as other species of toucans and toucanets, Selenidera piperivora (Piciformes - Ramphastidae), the Guianan Toucanet, is a beautiful bird that inhabits lowlands of Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela.

This is one of rare toucanets showing dimorphism. The male has a black crown neck, throat and breast. Side of the neck shows a yellow patch. The lower back and wig coverts are olive green, lower belly very dark yellow and green. Inner tail is black with chestnut tips, outer tail olive-green. Female has a blakish crown but hind head is olive-green, breast is grey and belly green. Bill is black with some dark red at base.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo: ©Anselmo d’Affonseca

Locality: Near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil


The other half of of those two pieces I was talking about earlier - toucanets! From top to bottom: Yellow Billed Toucanet, Tawny Tufted Toucanet, Emerald Toucanet, Yellow Eared Toucanet, Crimson Rumped Toucanet, Spot Billed Toucanet, Blue Banded Toucanet,


Guianan Toucanet (Selenidera piperivora[culik?])

is a species of toucanet native to you guessed it French Guiana, Suriname and surrounding countries. It like most toucans/toucanets/aracari this species is usually found Humid lowland forests where they live alone or in pairs and feed on fruit. They like their toucan relatives nest in cavities in trees which they “redecorate” by using their large bills as a pickaxe.



Image Sources: 1,2

Saffron toucanet

Pteroglossus bailloni (Piciformes - Ramphastidae), a spectacular toucanet  up to 39 cm long, readily identified by the adult male’s golden head and breast, olive mantle and red rump, better known as the Saffron toucanet.

Pteroglossus bailloni occurs in south-east Brazil, east Paraguay and north-east Argentina. This species is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

Despite its distinctive appearance, the Saffron Toucanet has not been well-studied, and little is known about its natural history. They often are quiet, even secretive; they forage for fruit, and perhaps young birds and eggs, in mid levels and the canopy of forest.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Bertrando Campos

Locality: Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil