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Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

Ramphastos swainsonii

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Ramphastidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Rice, Ari A., J. D. Weckstein, and J. Engel

Adult Chestnut-mandibled Toucan. Selva Verde, Costa Rica; 22 April 2008 © Vivek TiwariThe Chestnut-mandibled Toucan is a large, massive-billed bird found in lowland rainforests from southeast Honduras to western Ecuador. The Chestnut-mandibled Toucan is a habitat generalist that can occupy gallery forest, plantations, and even large gardens as long as there are suitable trees. It is one of the larger, more conspicuous species of toucan, and is often noted for its yelping, far-carrying vocalization (described by locals as “Díos te dé!”). It is largely frugivorous, but like other toucans it occasionally feeds on insects, lizards, and the eggs of other birds. Its nesting habits are little known, and although it is hunted in many areas, it remains fairly common throughout most of its range.

Recommended Citation

Rice, Ari A., J. D. Weckstein, and J. Engel. 2010. Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos swainsonii), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Reach
  • Diet:Fruit
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Cavity
  • Clutch: 2 - 3
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern