Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Tawny-tufted Toucanet (Selenidera nattereri)


French: Toucanet de Natterer German: Nattererarassari Spanish: Tucanete de Natterer

Pteroglossus Nattereri


, 1835,



Member of the putative S. maculirostris group (which see). Monotypic.


Patchily distributed along rivers, from extreme E Colombia (R Vaupés region) and S Venezuela to NW Brazil (R Solimões from Tonantins E to Codajás, and N to upper R Negro); reports from French Guiana require confirmation, as there is no evidence of occurrence in intervening areas.

Descriptive notes

32–33 cm; 148–165 g. Green above, with red undertail-coverts, and green tail tipped chestnut on central three feather pairs. Male black on head, and from chin and... read more


Growl-like, croaking “ggruuukk” notes, c. 83–86 per minute, recorded calls mainly... read more


Forested lowlands, frequently on sandy soil, usually near streams; also low open forest.

Food and feeding

Only fruits and fruit seeds found in stomachs; no other data.


Almost unknown. Season suggested as Mar–May in all areas, mostly Apr–Nov. Display similar to that of other toucanets. Eggs,... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Range is not small, but apparent patchiness of this species’ occurrence gives cause for concern; reasons for presence in some areas and absence in... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. (2020). Tawny-tufted Toucanet (Selenidera nattereri). 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 January 2020).