Toco Toucan Ramphastos toco

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Ramphastidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Carolyn W. Sedgwick


Conservation Status

The Toco Toucan is listed as a species of Least Concern on the IUCN global Red List of Threatened Species due to its extensive geographic range (BirdLife International 2010). The global population of the Toco Toucan is estimated to be in decline, but at a rate less than that which classifies a species as vulnerable according to the IUCN (>30% decline over ten years or three generations).

Effects of human activity on populations

Toco Toucans are hunted for their meat by humans and young birds are sometimes captured as pets. It is is not known, however, if these practices significantly affect the population size.

Recommended Citation

Sedgwick, C. W. (2010). Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.