Yellow-throated Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Ramphastidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Ari A. Rice, Jason D. Weckstein, and J. Engel

Priorities for Future Research

For such a large, attention-grabbing bird, surprisingly little is known about the life history or breeding biology of Yellow-throated Toucan, especially for the "Black-mandibled" subspecies (abbreviatus and ambiguus). Its nesting habits are virtually undescribed, and thus should be a priority for future research. Social behavior, mate choice, lifespan, fledgling success rates, and nest predation also are poorly understood subjects that require more research and observation. Lastly, additional study is needed to assess the species limits and relationships among the three subspecies swainsonii, abbreviatus, and ambiguus.

Recommended Citation

Rice, A. A., J. D. Weckstein, and J. Engel (2010). Yellow-throated Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus), version 2.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.