Channel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus)

Order: Piciformes | Family: Ramphastidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~44.5 cm (17.5 in). The Channel-billed Toucan is black with white breast, throat, cheeks, and rump. It has red undertail coverts. The bill is black. The ridge and base of the upper mandible are yellow. It has blue bare skin around the eyes. It is nearly identical to White-throated Toucan, but it is slightly smaller with a shorter bill. The safest way to tell these two species apart is by voice.

Status: The Channel-billed Toucan is common in the forest canopy of Amazonia. It is largely found below 600 m but is it known to locally range up to 1200 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Tucán de Pico Acanalado.

Sub-species: Channel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus culminatus), Gould 1833.

Meaning of Name: Ramphastos: Gr. ramphestes= long sword, great sword. vitellinus: L. vitellina, vitellinus, vitellus= deep yellow, orange, yolk of an egg.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.