Breeding stock and young > Swainson's Toucan (Ramphastos swainsonii)
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Swainson's Toucan (Ramphastos swainsonii)

Pictured: One of our favorite Males.
Aka: Chestnut-mandibled Toucan. Really pretty birds but tend to be a bit louder then other species. Personally I love the loud call in the evenings. Breeds from eastern Honduras to northern Colombia.
Resident breeder in moist lowland forest. Two to Four white eggs are laid in a cavity high in a decayed section of a living tree.
Both sexes incubate eggs for 14-15 days, chicks remain in the nest after hatching. Naked at birth, Fed by both parents, fledging at about 6 weeks. Sexes alike in appearance, mainly black with maroon hints to the head, upper back and lower breast. Face and upper breast are bright yellow, narrow white and broader red lines forming a lower border. Upper tail is white and the lower abdomen is red. The legs are blue.
Juvenile birds are sooty-black, with duller plumage. Fed by the parents for several weeks after leaving the nest.
Small flocks, usually consisting of 3-12 birds, Primarily arboreal fruit-eater, but will also take insects, lizards, bird eggs, and other small prey.
The call of the Chestnut-mandibled Toucan is a yelping yo-YIP, a-yip, a-yip, or a Dios te dé, Dios te dé. It is given to maintain contact as the flock travels in "follow-my-leader" style through the trees, but also in chorus at the evening roosts