Fun Yellow-throated Toucan Facts Facts For Kids

Anamika Balouria
Oct 20, 2022 By Anamika Balouria
Originally Published on Sep 02, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
Fact-checked by Pradhanya Rao
These yellow-throated toucan facts are about the bird that has three subspecies.
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Age: 3-18
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The yellow-throated toucan, also known as the chestnut-mandible toucan and black-mandible toucan, is one of the largest aggressive toucans found in central, northern, and South America. They can be seen in evergreen forests from low land to high altitudes. They are spotted in the Andes of Peru and the coastal region of Venezuela. They have a wide range map, but now their habitat loss is evident due to human activities.

They are monogamous and are often seen in pairs on the upper canopies of trees. These billed toucans are known for their musical sounds known as 'Díos te dé', which in Spanish means 'God give you...'. They feed on fruits, small insects, eggs of small birds, and lizards. They are frugivorous and omnivorous. The breeding season varies according to their habitat.

These birds are on the list of Near Threatened by the IUCN. Although their breeding takes place in different months depending upon the subspecies and habitat, their numbers are declining at a faster rate in the world.

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Yellow-Throated Toucan Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a  yellow-throated toucan?

The yellow-throated toucan is a beautiful billed toucan and is one of the largest toucans. They are very dominating and aggressive. Many times, they are also known as the chestnut-mandibled toucan, black-mandibled toucan, and yellow-breasted toucan because these are the three subspecies of these large-billed toucans. They use their bills for forging and mating.

What class of animal does a  yellow-throated toucan belong to?

The yellow-throated toucan, Ramphastos ambiguus, belongs to the class of Aves, the Ramphastidae family, and the genus Ramphastos.

How many yellow-throated toucans are there in the world?

The exact number of this species is unknown and not counted.

Where does a  yellow-throated toucan live?

The yellow-throated toucan, Ramphastos ambiguus, is native to American land. Their range map is wide and can be seen from the eastern Andes to the coastal ranges of Venezuela. They are found in Central, northern, and South America. They are seen in Honduras, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Peru.

What is a yellow-throated toucan's habitat?

The yellow-throated toucan habitat is wide and their three subspecies can be seen in different habitats of forest land. The chestnut-mandibled toucan, a canopy dwelling bird, is spotted in the lower lands of evergreen forest and in large parks with high green tree canopies. They mostly avoid the dry forest. The black-mandibled toucan is mostly seen in humid mountain areas of forest at high altitudes and approaches lower areas rarely. Even the breeding takes place according to the habitat of these chestnut-mandibled toucans and black-mandibled toucans.

Who do yellow-throated toucans live with?

They generally live in a pair and are monogamous. Many times, they are seen in small groups while foraging for food.

How long does a yellow-throated toucan live?

The yellow-throated toucan can live up to 12-20 years.

How do they reproduce?

These toucan birds are monogamous and their breeding season depends upon the place and habitat they are living in. The breeding season in Costa Rica is during the months of March and June, in Panama and Colombia during the months of January and July, and in Ecuador during the months of December and May.

They generally build their nests in tree cavities using dry straw and mud. The nests built in tree cavities are not made by them, but they find the rotten part of the tree where they naturally build their nest. The nests are at a high height of 30-98 ft (9-30 m).

Their nesting and the incubating period have not been evident, but from a few resources, it is seen that the female lays two to four eggs in a clutch. Both parents take care of their newborn chicks and they do not attain full-fledged status even after a few months.

What is their conservation status?

They are on the list of Near Threatened species by the IUCN. The major reason is their habitat loss due to human activities such as deforestation, mining, and others.

Yellow-Throated Toucan Fun Fact

What do yellow-throated toucans look like?

These toucan birds are beautiful large toucan species well known for their larger and colorful bills. Their feathers are generally black like the great hornbill, and the underpart of their belly is white and their tail is red. The upper body is brighter with yellow, red, and orange colors. The adults' bill is very long and the females have a shorter bill. The bill color varies in all the subspecies. The chestnut-mandibled toucan bill is maroon to red chestnut brown, whereas the black-mandibled has a yellow-green line on the bill. The iris color also varies from gray to dark green, to olive-yellow, to brown. The young toucan has a shorter and plain yellow bill. Their toe colors also vary from black to blue.

The yellow-throated toucan sits on the upper canopies of trees.

How cute are they?

They are very cute toucans – if their aggressive behavior is not taken into consideration. The color variation and sweet vocal sounds are what make them more attractive and cuter similar to the hornbills.

How do they communicate?

These bird species generally communicate using their vocals. They are well known for their musical sounds known as 'Díos te dé', which in Spanish means 'God give you...'. A wing rustling sound is made when they are flying, which is common among the family genus Ramphastos. The yellow-throated toucan call is often heard together in the morning and evening.

How big is a yellow-throated toucan?

The yellow-throated toucan species is 18.5-24 in  (47–61 cm) long.

How fast can a yellow-throated toucan move?

These toucan birds are generally very slow and hop from one branch to another in search of food as they rarely have any predators.

How much does a yellow-throated toucan weigh?

The yellow-throated toucan species weighs  20.6-26 oz (584-746 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

These bird species do not have any specific names for the male and female toucan.

What would you call a baby yellow-throated toucan?

The babies of these toucan birds are called chicks.

What do they eat?

These toucan bird species are omnivores and frugivorous. They feed on both fruits, as well as, small insects, lizards, eggs, and young birds. They feed on fruits such as Virola, Casearia, and Protium. They are even seen catching flying termites. Whenever they search for food, they are seen in the upper tree canopies.

Are they dangerous?

Yes, these toucan birds are very aggressive and dominating due to their large size in comparison to other toucan species.

Would they make a good pet?

No, they would not make good pets because of their habitat and aggressive behavior. Often, they are seen dominating other species of toucan.. Even so, the idea of keeping them as pets is not good because of the declining number of their population.

Did you know...

According to a few surveys done in western Ecuador and Colombia, human activities have almost made them reach the Near Threatened category. They are being hunted for their meat by some tribal communities.

William John Swainson, an English ornithologist, described this species in 1823.

Toucans are diurnal and sleep at night. In rare cases, when they sense some danger, their cry can be heard at night.

The yellow-throated toucan range map

The yellow-throated toucan, Ramphastos ambiguus, has a wide range from the north to the south of America. Though they are endemic to America, they are found in the Andes on the western edge of South America to the coastal region of northern Venezuela.

How many species of toucans are there?

There are 42 species of toucans. Six of the species are found in Costa Rica. They spend their lives in the upper canopies of evergreen rainforests in South and Central America.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these keel-billed toucan fun facts and toco toucan interesting facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable yellow throated toucan coloring pages.

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Written by Anamika Balouria

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Bachelor of Education specializing in Secondary Education and Teaching, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Anamika BalouriaBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Bachelor of Education specializing in Secondary Education and Teaching, Master of Arts specializing in English

A dedicated and enthusiastic learner, Anamika is committed to the growth and development of her team and organization. She holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in English from Daulat Ram University and Indira Gandhi Institute for Open Learning respectively, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Amity University, Noida. Anamika is a skilled writer and editor with a passion for continual learning and development.
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