Family Toucans (Ramphastidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-billed Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus calorhynchus)


French: Toucanet à bec jaune German: Gelbschnabelarassari Spanish: Tucanete piquigualdo

Aulacorhamphus calorhynchus


, 1874,

Mérida, Venezuela


Was considered a separate species in the past, but recent trend has been to lump with A. sulcatus on grounds of vocal similarity and intergradation#R. However, highly distinctive in bill morphology, with yellow replacing red (3), black distributed differently (2) and length greater (effect size 2.53; score 2); moreover, tail also longer (ns) and zone of intergradation narrow (2). Recent molecular study#R indicated that it is nested within sulcatus but also found it monophyletic. Also closely related to A. albivitta, with which range overlaps somewhat. Monotypic.


NE Colombia (Santa Marta and Perijá Mts) E into W Venezuela (E to SW Lara).

Descriptive notes

33–37 cm. Typical green toucanet, white-throated, with blue about rear of eye, undertail-coverts green-yellow, bill flat at base of culmen, grooved along culmen,... read more


Song is considered to be identical to that of A. sulcatus.


Humid montane forest, from upper tropical to edge of temperate forest, also second growth, forest... read more

Food and feeding

No information although presumably generally similar to A. sulcatus. Has been observed following swarms of Labidus praedator... read more


Nothing known.


None reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. No detailed information available on numbers, but species appears to be common generally in suitable habitat, e.g. in Yacambú National Park,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Yellow-billed Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus calorhynchus). 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 24 February 2020).