|Red-billed Toucan Ramphastos tucanus
(aka White-throated Toucan)
Brazilian name: tucano-grande-de-papo-branco
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. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. Photos 1 to 3 were taken around Manaus while photos 4 and 5 were taken at Carajás, Pará.
|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
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.
|Like all toucans it is very vocal and it is a "yelper" rather than a "croaker"|
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