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Choco Toucan - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
Buenaventura Reserve, El Oro Province, Ecuador, November 2014
Ramphastos brevis


Length 43-45cm (17-18in.)
Typical morph of tropical Toucans, with huge (15cm) bill, black body, and bright yellow front. Long black tail, white rump, and bright red undertail coverts.

Similar species

Similar to Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, but slightly smaller, and lower section of bill is black instead of chestnut-colored (hard to distinguish in poor light).


Photographed by mmdnje
Mindo, Ecuador, June 2004

South America: found in the lowland and foothills on west side of Andes mountains, Ecuador and Colombia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Canopy and borders of humid lowland forests. Observed at heights around 800 m.



There is little information available about their diet, but thought to include various fruits and insects'


The clutch consists of 3-4 white eggs which are incubated for 16 days; the young fledge about 45-50 days later.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2015)

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