Selenidera – Dichromatic toucanets

Some of the most colorful birds in Central America

Members of this genus are found in tropical South America’s lowland rainforest (below 1,500 meters or 4,900 feet), with one species in Central America.

All species are characterized by green upper parts, red under-tail coverts, and a patch of exposed blue or blue-green skin around the eye. Unlike most other toucans, the sexes have distinct color patterns (sexually dichromatic; hence the name dichromatic toucanets). Males feature black crowns, napes, throats, breasts, and an orange/yellow auricular stripe. The black parts of most species’ males are replaced by rich brown and a reduced/absent auricular line in females.