February 16, 2016 – Saffron Toucanet (Pteroglossus bailloni)

Requested by: my mom

Living in parts of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, these toucans are often found on mountain slopes. They eat mostly fruit, including figs and palm fruits, along with some eggs and small animals. During courtship, males sing and feed females and both birds preen each other. Pairs nest in cavities, usually created by woodpeckers, taking turns incubating the eggs. They are classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to illegal capture for the captive bird trade, as well as habitat loss and hunting.