Toco Toucan Ramphastos toco

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Toco Toucans usually vocalize with a series of grunting or snoring sounds that include "groomkk," "grunt," "grunnkkt," " kkreekk," " grenggkt," "grr," "ggrekkekk," arkk-rk," "rrraa," or "rrro-rrro" notes (Sick 1993, Short and Horne 2001, 2002). These notes, which are often considered the song of the Toco Toucan (Short and Horne 2001), can be given one at a time, or in a series during which up to 50 notes can be given in a minute. Immatures give "ehh-ehh" sounds (Short and Horne 2002).

Nonvocal Sounds

Noise often produced by hitting bill against a branch.

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.