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Photo by: Ecuadorrebel
Mindo, Ecuador, February 2010
Aulacorhynchus haematopygus


Length 35cm, with huge (6.5-7.5cm) bill typical of toucan family.
Brilliant green overall colour, with bands of blue on underside. Bill dark reddish-brown with white ring around base. Rump is scarlet red.


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Its naturally Common on western slope of Andes between 500m. and 2000m. in elevation.


Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • A. h. sexnotatus:
  • A. h. haematopygus'':
  • Andes of Colombia and Sierra de Perijá  (western Venezuela)


Canopy and borders of foothill and subtropical forest, woodlands, and clearings. Also road sides and gardens.



Tame and tolerant of disturbance. Gathers fruit from bushes and trees in its large bill, and swallows it whole by tilting head back and tossing into throat.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Wikipedia

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