Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-tipped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus derbianus)


French: Toucanet de Derby German: Blaunackenarassari Spanish: Tucanete de Derby

Aulacorhynchus Derbianus


, 1835,

no locality = Huánuco, Peru


Recent molecular study indicates that present species and A. sulcatus are sister-species, with A. haematopygus sister to both#R. Until recently, considered conspecific with A. whitelianus (which see). Form described from C Peru as nigrirostris now lumped within derbianus. Monotypic.


Extreme S Colombia S along E slope of Andes to C Bolivia (Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

33–41 cm; 141–262 g (derbianus). Green toucanet with grooves on maxilla only, bill tip especially hooked, base line of bill narrowly but conspicuously... read more


Song often long series of “grrrrump” to “kwuk” notes, 1·2–1... read more


Usually subtropical moist montane cloudforest, to tropical high-valley forest in Bolivia. Generally... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Fruits and their seeds comprise much of diet, but insects, including ants and grasshoppers, also reported. Feeds largely in... read more


Data from specimens suggest breeding in May–Oct in Andes. No other information; nest and eggs unknown, even territoriality not firmly... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Little known. Still common in some Andean localities. In Ecuador, generally rare to uncommon; regularly recorded in small numbers in Podocarpus... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Chestnut-tipped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus derbianus). 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).