French: Cabézon toucan German: Tukanbartvogel Spanish: Cabezón tucán
between Quito and Mount Cayambe, in east Ecuadorian Andes
Subspecies and Distribution
S. r. caucae
Gyldenstolpe, 1941 – W Colombia on both slopes of W Andes, from Valle to Nariño.
S. r. ramphastinus
(Jardine, 1855) – Andes of NW & WC Ecuador.
19–21 cm; 73–111 g. Distinctively patterned, chunky, colourful barbet with short bill “swollen” at base. Male has black around bill base to lores and... read more
Song a series of foghorn-like “hawnk” to “aw” notes at 1·5–2... read more
Inhabits understorey of wet montane forest, especially at edges and in dense second growth,... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits of at least 62 species of some 20 plant families, mostly of species found in disturbed areas, and including especially Cecropia... read more
Feb–Oct; sometimes 2 or even 3 broods in a season. Group often breaks up at start of breeding; c. 42% nest in pairs, remainder in... read more
Resident; sedentary, dispersal averages only 0·5 km.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES III. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Generally uncommon to locally common within... read more
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