Yellow-throated toucan

Yellow-throated toucan

Yellow-throated toucan

Ramphastos ambiguus

The yellow-throated toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus ) is a large toucan in the family Ramphastidae found in Central and northern South America.


This species has a total length of 47–61 cm (18.5–24 in) and weighs from 584 to 746 g (1.287 to 1.645 lb). Among all toucans and living members of the order Piciformes, only the toco toucan and the white-throated toucan average larger than the similarly sized black-mandibled and chestnut-mandibled races. Among standard measurements, the short wing chord is 20.4 to 24.8 cm (8.0 to 9.8 in), the huge bill is 12.9 to 20 cm (5.1 to 7.9 in), the tail is 14.8 to 17.5 cm (5.8 to 6.9 in), and the tarsus is 4.7 to 5.9 cm (1.9 to 2.3 in).

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Its plumage is mainly black. Upper breast and throat are bright yellow, with a thin red border on the throat, a creamy rump and a scarlet anal area. The bill is bicolor and massive, a little shorter in the female. It is lemon-yellowish on the upper side and blackish on the rest of the maxilla and on the mandible, often brown close to the base. The skin of the face around the eyes is pale green or yellow-green.

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The yellow-throated toucan ranges along the eastern slope of the Andes from Peru, north through Ecuador and Colombia, to Venezuela as far as the coastal ranges.

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This species is adapted to a wide variety of habitats, from plains to tropical and subtropical forest. It lives at altitudes of 100–2400 m. in humid montane forest, with a preference for the canopy and edge.

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Yellow-throated toucan habitat map
Yellow-throated toucan habitat map
Yellow-throated toucan
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Habits and Lifestyle

The call of the yellow-throated toucan is a yelping, far-carrying cry described as “Díos te dé” (Spanish for "God give you..."). This species feeds mainly on fruits, but occasionally on lizards, rodents, smaller birds and insects.

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The breeding season lasts from March to June. The nests are usually located in a cavity in rotting wood at 10–25 meters above the ground. The females lay 2-4 white eggs incubating for about two weeks.

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Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition



1. Yellow-throated toucan Wikipedia article -
2. Yellow-throated toucan on The IUCN Red List site -
3. Xeno-canto bird call -

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