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Male, subspecies salvini
Photo by Stanley Jones
La Cinchona, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica, March 2008
Eubucco bourcierii


Female, subspecies aequatorialis
Photo by jeffworman
Mindo, Ecuador, January 2017

16 cm (6¼ in)
Male: distinctive yellow bill and red head, with yellow breast.
Female also has a yellow bill and a distinctive facial pattern: black above bill, blue-gray cheek patches and yellow on top of head. Her throat and breast are yellowish divided by orange band.
Both have green backs and wings, with green streaks on belly.


Central and South America
Central America: Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru



Female, subspecies salvini
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Bosque de Paz Lodge, Bosque del Toro, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica, 7 December 2022

There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • E. b. salvini:
  • E. b. anomalus:
  • E. b. occidentalis:
  • E. b. bourcierii:
  • E. b. aequatorialis:
  • Coastal mountains and Western Andes of Ecuador
  • E. b. orientalis:
  • Eastern Andes of Ecuador and northern Peru (Cajamarca and Amazonas)


Undergrowth and middle elevations of mature cloud and fragmented forests, secondary growth. Around trails and clearings.



Their diet consists mostly of fruit, including bananas. They visit feeders.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BirdForum Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Nov 2017)

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