Toucan Barbet Semnornis ramphastinus

  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Semnornithidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Christina Rueda, Ana María Pardo, and Aura Viviana Buitrago

Toucan Barbet is one of South America's fanciest birds. Found only in western Colombia and western Ecuador, this colorful species is frugivorous and has a cooperative breeding system. The species shows a huge variety of color, with a pale, black-tipped stocky bill, blackish crown, pale blue throat and face, dull orange back and flanks, red bib, and dark blue-black wings and tail. Toucan Barbet formerly was classified in the Capitonidae, or New World Barbets, but the species is now placed in Semnornithidae,along with Prong-billed Barbet (Semnornis franztii). The two species of Semnornis are superficially intermediate between the New World barbets and the toucans (Ramphastidae).


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

Recommended Citation

Rueda, C., A. M. Pardo, and A. V. Buitrago (2014). Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.