Toco Toucan Ramphastos toco
Toco Toucan, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for larger image Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil

The first bird was photographed at the Fazenda Sta Tereza Hotel at Pixaim where it hung around the garden.

The Toco Toucan is the only toucan that does not occur exclusively in forest and it is frequently seen flying over open country looking a bit like a cigar with wings at the back.

Toco Toucan, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image

It is also the largest toucan and has an unmistakable yellow orange bill with a black spot at the tip of the upper mandible. The orange skin round the eye contrasts beautifully with the blue eyelids. The throat and rump are white while the undertail coverts are red

The call is a series of low grunts.

There is a distribution map at NatureServe and more information is available via Avibase.

There is also an excellent detailed article at Sedgwick, Carolyn 2010 .Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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