Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Gould's Toucanet (Selenidera gouldii)


French: Toucanet de Gould German: Gouldarassari Spanish: Tucanete de Gould

Pteroglossus Gouldii


, 1837,

Pará, Brazil


Member of the putative S. maculirostris group. Closely related to S. maculirostris, and sometimes treated as conspecific. Proposed races hellmayri (NC Brazil) and baturitensis (NE Brazil) appear to represent clinal variation of trivial nature, size decreasing from W to E#R; either or both of these sometimes placed in S. maculirostris. Monotypic.


C & E Brazil S of Amazon (from R Madeira E to Maranhão and N Ceará), S to E Bolivia (R Mamoré, E Beni and NE Santa Cruz) and C Mato Grosso, there reaching tributaries of upper R Paraguay.

Descriptive notes

c. 33 cm; male 138–209 g, female 131–183 g. Male with black head to mantle, gold-yellow ear-tuft, yellow band on upper back, green back and tail; black below,... read more


Series of “ggrawnk” to “ggrraaw” notes, very like those of S.... read more


Moist to wet tropical lowland forest, and gallery forest, especially in N cerrado; also... read more

Food and feeding

Very little known. Fruits, e.g. of the palm Euterpe; also, “meat” (probably of small bird or reptile) in one stomach.... read more


Season suggested as May–Sept; probably from Jun–Jul in W Brazil (Amazonas, Rondônia) and in Bolivia. No information... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. No information available on numbers, but found throughout humid forest in Serra de Baturité (Ceará), which population is presumably... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Gould's Toucanet (Selenidera gouldii). 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 27 February 2020).