May 5, 2017 – Red-billed Toucan (Ramphastos tucanus)

These large toucans are found in northeastern South America, in parts of Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Brazil. They are closely related to Cuvier’s Toucan. The two populations frequently interbreed and are sometimes considered the same species, known as the White-throated Toucan. Their diet includes a variety of fruits, along with insects, flowers, small reptiles, and the eggs of other birds. Nesting in unlined tree cavities, both males and females incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. Classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, they are threatened by deforestation and hunting.


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