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Guianan Toucanet Selenidera piperivora

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Despite this species’ broadly congruent morphology with most other Selenidera, it is generally considered to form a superspecies with the mainly Central American Yellow-eared Toucanet (Selenidera spectabilis), based on their similar voice and displays. All five Selenidera toucanets are entirely allopatrically distributed, so there is no real risk of confusion between them, but the female Guianan Toucanet is, in any case, distinctive in being the only species to display largely gray underparts, rather than being generally reddish below (all of other species except Yellow-eared Toucanet, which is black ventrally). The Guianan Toucanet has a much larger vocal repertoire than most Selenidera, and some of its vocalizations recall those of the Andean mountain-toucans (Andigena spp.). It feeds on a wide variety of seeds and fruits, as well as taking some insects, and occurs in lowland primary forest, as well as gallery woodland within savannas.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Guianan Toucanet (Selenidera piperivora), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: