Look At Varicolored Toucan Barbet That Is Near Threatened

Toucan Barbet

Even if you’re not a bird enthusiast, you still can’t deny that birds are marvelous creatures. There are more than 10,000 bird species all over the world, but some of them are irresistible.  

When you see a flying bird with iridescent tones and multicolored plumage, it feels like watching a moving rainbow and something inexplicable. In the same way, Toucan Barbet is varicolored and just stunning.

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The Toucan Barbet is a barbet native to Western Ecuador and Colombia. 

They are scientifically named the Semnornis Ramphastinus

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Toucan Barbet is a medium-sized barbet with a bright yellow bill. They have striking plumage with blackheads and gray throats and napes. Their breasts and upper bellies are red and their lower bellies are yellow with gray wings and tails.

Toucan Barbet

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They are medium-sized birds measuring 19 to 21 cm in length and weighing around 80 to 115 gm. They are native to humid montane forests, where they occupy almost all levels of canopy and are found in both primary and secondary forests. They are also found in the forest edges.

Toucans are known for their bright colors and robust bills. Let’s know more about the Toucan Barbet.

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The Toucan Barbets have so many colors to count.

The Toucan Barbets have long feathers at the back of their head and a conspicuous white stripe behind their eyes. Their nape is golden-brown and followed by a yellow rump. The sides of the nape, throat, and upper breasts are grayish-blue. 

The lower breast and middle belly of the bird are vibrant red which fades down into orange, yellow, and then yellowish-green at the lower belly. 

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Toucan Barbet

Look at their bill.

They have a robust beak with a yellow maxilla and a light green mandible with dark ends on both sides. 

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Both male and female Toucan Barbets are identical in appearance. 

Both males and females are almost alike except for the female plumage are a little less bright.

As per evidence, the Toucan Barbets are very specific in choosing trees for nesting.

Usually, they prefer old or dead trees and snags with broken trunks, in the family Lauraceae. They carve out holes in tree trunks with their strong beak and nest in them. 

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The diet of the Toucan Barbets varies by season.

The Toucan Barbets are frugivorous and feed a variety of fruits, but also eat insects, nectar, tree sap, and flower petals.

Toucan Barbet

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The Toucan Barbets spend more than half of a day foraging.

You can say they are truly hard workers. They spend almost 12 hours a day foraging around its territory, in small groups and sometimes with other frugivorous bird species such as tyrant flycatchers, tanagers, or warblers.

Both parents take care of their young ones and even males are more responsible.

Both female Toucans incubate the eggs for 15 days and males perform more duties compared to females.

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Toucan Barbet

Adult Toucan Barbets have bright red irises, while juveniles have black ones.

The population of Toucan Barbets is declining due to habitat loss and trapping for the cage-bird trade. Some young toucans are preyed upon by plate-billed mountain toucans. These are the major reasons that this species is considered to be near threatened. 

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Even forest clearing and heavy trapping caused the localized extinction of this species.

Don’t you think we should preserve this varicolored and pretty bird? Please comment down your thoughts. Thank you!

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