Red-breasted toucan

A small beaked toucan that looks like it came straight from a Halloween party

Red-breasted toucan


A small beaked toucan that looks like it came straight from a Halloween party


The Red-breasted Toucan, also known as the Green-billed Toucan, is a captivating bird species native to the subtropical regions of southern and eastern Brazil, as well as parts of Bolivia’s Pantanal, eastern Paraguay, and far northeastern Argentina. Its primary habitat is the lush and biodiverse Atlantic Forest, where it thrives amidst the dense foliage and abundant fruit-bearing trees.

Despite being a familiar sight in its native range, the Red-breasted Toucan plays a crucial ecological role in its ecosystem. As a frugivorous species, it feeds on a diverse array of fruits and plants, contributing significantly to seed dispersal within the Atlantic Forest. By consuming fruits and later excreting the seeds in different locations, the Red-breasted Toucan aids in the regeneration and propagation of plant species, thus helping to maintain the biodiversity of its habitat.

In addition to its role as a seed disperser, the Red-breasted Toucan also plays a somewhat controversial role as a nest predator. While it primarily feeds on fruits and plants, this toucan species has been observed preying on the eggs of other bird species, including those of smaller birds nesting within its territory. This behavior, although natural, can have implications for local bird populations, particularly those of vulnerable or endangered species.

Despite its occasional predatory behavior, the Red-breasted Toucan is also vulnerable to predation itself. Carnivorous birds, such as raptors and large predatory mammals, may target this toucan species as prey, highlighting the complex interplay of predator-prey dynamics within its ecosystem.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No