Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Hooded Mountain-toucan (Andigena cucullata)


French: Toucan à capuchon German: Schwarzkopftukan Spanish: Tucán encapuchado

Pteroglossus cucullatus


, 1846,

Cocapata, Cochabamba, Bolivia


Traditionally considered to form a species-group with A. hypoglauca and A. laminirostris. Monotypic.


Andes in SE Peru (Puno) and W & C Bolivia (La Paz to Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

48–50 cm; 222–380 g. Brown-backed, green-winged, blackish-tailed toucan with grey-blue collar across hindneck, black head including ear-coverts and throat; sooty-... read more


Song a slow series of “peeeeah” notes c. 1·5 seconds long, in regular to... read more


Wet temperate and uppermost subtropical forest, usually above range of most other toucans, c. 2400... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, species of which undetermined, but various colours of seeds and skins of different sizes in stomachs. Forages singly or in groups... read more


Season estimated from Feb–Jun, perhaps earlier, to Nov. Displays, nest, eggs, and all other aspects of cycle unreported; generally... read more


Possible movement down to below usual altitude, perhaps by foraging independent subadults.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA. Until recently considered Near-threatened. Found to be surprisingly... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. (2020). Hooded Mountain-toucan (Andigena cucullata). 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 25 February 2020).