Guianan Toucanet

Guianan Toucanet

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The Guianan toucanet, or Guyana toucanet (Selenidera piperivora) is a species of bird in the Ramphastidae family found in the north-eastern Amazon rainforest.Toucans  are members of the Neotropical near passerine bird family Ramphastidae. The Ramphastidae are most closely related to the American barbets. They are brightly marked and have large, often-colorful bills. The family includes five genera and over forty different species.


Males are easily distinguishable from the females in that their chest and head are black where the female have grey chests,black crowns and the back of the neck is chestnut in color.


Toucans are arboreal and typically lay 2–21 white eggs in their nests. They make their nests in tree hollows and holes excavated by other animals such as woodpeckers—the toucan bill has very limited use as an excavation tool. When the eggs hatch, the young emerge completely naked, without any down. Toucans are resident breeders and do not migrate. Toucans are usually found in pairs or small flocks.

Interesting Facts:

The guiana Toucanet are one of the most successfully bred toucan species in captivity, and are commonly found in zoos and private collections. The mating ritual is quite unique, as they throw fruit to one another.

DIET In Captivity::
A high-quality, low-iron pellets and lots of fresh fruits.