Channel-billed toucan


Channel-billed toucan

Ramphastos vitellinus

Z.1937.14.e

Big toucans like this one are believed to be important in spreading large seeds, such as those of wild nutmeg trees (Virola gardneri).

Where and how they live: These big beautiful birds live in the primary (undisturbed) rainforests of South America and Trinidad.

What they eat: They feed mostly on fruit but they will also eat insects, lizards, eggs and the chicks of other birds. Their long beaks help them reach into tree holes where such creatures and eggs are likely to be found.


Are they endangered? Not yet. There are less and less of them because of habitat fragmentation, a lack of suitable tree holes to nest in and hunting. They are eaten, taken as pets and used in traditional medicine and decoration.

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