Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Near Threatened

Plate-billed Mountain-toucan (Andigena laminirostris)


French: Toucan montagnard German: Leistenschnabeltukan Spanish: Tucán piquiplano

Andigena laminirostris


, 1851,

Quito, Ecuador


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


W Andes from SW Colombia (Patia Canyon, in Nariño) S to C Ecuador (S possibly as far as R Chanchan).

Descriptive notes

46–51 cm; 275–355 g. Large, with black forehead to hindneck, rest of upperparts brown and green, except for pale yellow rump; tail blackish, central 2–3... read more


Song a series of loud, braying “kyeeowp” to “kyewp”, 35–42 per minute... read more


Moist montane forest with epiphytes, mosses, bromeliads; also enters nearby secondary forest, and... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits, in Colombia of 49 plants in 22 families; especially important are species of Cecropia, arecaceous palms, Ocotea... read more


Mar–Oct in Colombia, Jun–Sept in Ecuador. Sometimes 2 broods, but may not breed yearly. Groups with home range break up prior... read more


Downslope and other movements noted in Colombia, with groups of up to 25 moving to lower levels in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Range 14,300 km2. Common locally where forest remains... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Plate-billed Mountain-toucan (Andigena laminirostris). 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 26 February 2020).