Saffron toucanet

They have a unique habit of storing excess food by hiding it in tree crevices, which they may return to later

Francesco Veronesi

A delightful and vibrantly colored bird native to the lush rainforests of South America, primarily found in countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. The Saffron toucanet, like other toucans, possesses a remarkable, oversized bill. Despite its relatively diminutive size compared to some of its larger toucan relatives, this bill is a striking feature. It is primarily black with vivid blue markings near the base and yellow on the edges, creating an intricate pattern that adds to the bird’s unique charm.

One of the most striking features of the Saffron toucanet is its captivating plumage. This bird showcases a dazzling combination of colors that make it a true gem of the avian world. Its upper parts are adorned with deep emerald green feathers, while the underparts and throat exhibit a rich, saffron or golden-yellow hue. The eye-catching contrast between green and saffron gives the Saffron toucanet a radiant appearance.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size)/ Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore / Frugivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No