Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Blue-banded Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis)


French: Toucanet à ceinture bleue German: Grauschnabelarassari Spanish: Tucanete pechiazul

Aulacorhynchus cœrulei-cinctis


, 1840,

no locality = Yungas, Bolivia


Species name often listed as coeruleicinctus, but original spelling, coeruleicinctis, must stand. Believed closely related to A. haematopygus and A. huallagae, and possibly closer to latter. Recent molecular study indicates that present species is sister to A. huallagae#R. Proposed race borealis of NC Peru (Junín) considered invalid, as it appears to be based on individual, not geographical, variation. Monotypic.


C Peru (S Huánuco) S on E Andean slope, including a few isolated montane areas to E, to C Bolivia (W Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

40–44 cm; 173–257 g. Green toucanet with red rump, blue-horn bill lacking basal line. Blue and white superciliary and white throat; blue band across breast from... read more


Song a series of barking, growling, variable notes, “kunnk” to “krakk”, 1–2·2 notes per... read more


Various forms of montane subtropical moist forest, cloudforest with dense undergrowth, reaching... read more

Food and feeding

Not known in detail. Fruits, also insects and other arthropods. Forages alone, in pairs or in small groups, from understorey to canopy.


Data from specimens indicate season Jan–Apr, or later, in Peru, Aug–Jan in Bolivia. Nest, eggs, courtship and other aspects of... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. No information on numbers; considered to be generally uncommon in Peru, though regularly noted near Manu Cloud Forest Lodge. Clearing of montane... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. (2020). Blue-banded Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 February 2020).