Yellow-throated Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The primary vocalization of Yellow-throated Toucan is a series of loud, far-carrying yelps. The tempo and number of notes vary, but most calls start with a loud introductory note followed by several shorter (often doubled) notes decreasing slightly in pitch. Locals often describe this call as "Díos te dé te dé" ("God give you" in Spanish) (e.g. Skutch 1972, Haffer 1974, Stiles and Skutch 1989, Short and Horne 2001). This call often is uttered from the tops of tall trees and can be heard year-round, particularly in the mornings and evenings. Aside from this signature call, Yellow-throated Toucan also grunts, croaks, and rattles loudly in aggressive displays (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Short and Horne 2001).

Nonvocal Sounds

Wing-rustling in flight is produced by two notched outer primaries, a trait common to all Ramphastos toucans.

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.