Toucan Barbet

In the past, it has been grouped with the other barbets in the Capitonidae. However, DNA studies have confirmed that this arrangement is paraphyletic; the New World barbets are more closely related to the toucans than they are to the Old World barbets. As a result, the barbet lineages are now considered to be distinct families, and the Toucan Barbet, together with the Prong-billed Barbet, is now placed into a separate family, Semnornithidae.

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The Toucan Barbet is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

The Toucan Barbet, Semnornis ramphastinus, is a distinctive bird found in humid forests growing on the west Andean slopes in north-western Ecuador and south-western Colombia. While it remains fairly common locally, it has declined due to habitat loss and trapping for the cage-bird trade. In the past, it has been grouped with the other barbets in the Capitonidae. More

Photos: Both photos of Toucan Barbet Semnornis ramphastrinus were taken along the Nono-Mindo Rd., Ecuador. James Ownby photographed his on 8 Apr 2002 at Septimo Paraiso Resort; my distant shot was higher on the ridge and farther south along the road on 17 Apr 1992. Marc Fenner photographed Prong-billed Barbet S. frantzii at Monteverde, Costa Rica, in March 1991. Photos are More

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The toucan barbet lives in small groups of up to six birds, consisting of an adult pair and their young. In a wonderful display of cooperation, this small group will together defend a territory and the young assist the adult pair during breeding (4) (5). Territories are established about a roosting cavity in a dead tree trunk, which is defended against other toucan barbets. More

Toucan Barbet, together with the Prong-billed Barbet, is now placed into a separate family, Semnornithidae. The Toucan Barbet is unusual amongst frugivorous birds in that it breeds cooperatively, with several helpers aiding the dominant breeding pair with incubation and raising the young. Choco Toucan The Choco Toucan (Ramphastos brevis) is a large, mainly black bird found in humid lowland and foothill forests on the Pacific slope of Colombia and Ecuador. More

specie has a tendency to usurp toucan barbet Semnornis ramphastinus nests and renovate them to their liking. However, plate-bills are known to excavate their own holes in palm logs. Nests are 6-30m from ground. Courtship feeding occurs at the nest. After the cavity is completed the entrance hole is widened. Clutch size is 2-3, white eggs. Incubation lasts about 16 days and fledging occurs at 46-60 days; young do not return to nest afterwards. More

Survival of some toucan species, including the Toucan Barbet, is threatened by extensive trapping and ongoing loss of habitat through destruction of the Amazon Rain Forest. Fun Fact - 6. Toucan amid vegetation Image by, courtesy of Luz A. More

species overview :: Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus) = Nr. More

Toucan Barbet, Semnornis ramphastinus Capitonidae (BARBETS) Toucan Barbet, Semnornis ramphastinus This photo was taken in: Ecuador The photo was taken by: Steve Bird , Birdseekers Birdseekers Birdseeker tour company Birdseekers Tour reports Birdwatching Holidays around the world Birdseekers Tour reports Birdwatching Holidays around the world Birdseekers photo's taken by Tony Crittenden Identification Notes: More

Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus) by Nick Athanas. More

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Toucan Barbet, Semnornis ramphastinus = The Nono - Mindo Road (1.750 - 3.400 m) begins in the northwest of Quito and climbs the verdant slopes of the Pichincha volcano. After its highest point at 3.400 meters, it descends into the spectacular humid temperate and subtropical cloud forests of the west Andean Cordillera. About 300 species of birds have been observed on the Nono Road. More

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Order : Piciformes
Family : Ramphastidae
Genus : Semnornis
Species : ramphastinus
Authority : (Jardine, 1855)