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 Emerald Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus prasinus)




Emerald Toucanet | Aulacorhynchus prasinus photo
Emerald Toucanet male in captivity

Photograph by Demichels. GNU Free Documentation License.  (view image details)

EMERALD TOUCANET FACTS

Description
The Emerald Toucanet is the smallest toucan. They are mainly green, and there are a number of subspecies have different throat color and eye ring color. Throat varies from gray, white to blue. The eye-ring may be blue, red, or almost black. The upper mandible is yellow with black round the edges, and the lower one is black or dark red. The legs are dull gray and the iris is dark.

Size
30 cm. to 33 cm.

Environment
rainforest, woodland

Food
insects, fruit. Also eats some lizards, eggs, young birds

Breeding
Nest is a woodpecker nest or natural hollow in a tree. Lays three to four white eggs in an unlined hole. Eggs hatch after 1415 days.

Range
The Emerald Toucanet is found in eastern-central parts of Mexico, Central America and South America, mostly along the eastern coast. Populations are greatest in the mountainous regions of Costa Rica, Panama to northern Venezuela.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Piciformes
Family:Ramphastidae
Genus:Aulacorhynchus
Species:prasinus
Common Name:Emerald Toucanet