Ramphastos – Toucans

Home genus of the largest toucans

Ramphastos is a genus of tropical and subtropical near passerine birds from Mexico, Central and South America (plus one species in the Caribbean), with brilliantly colored bills and large, frequently colorful bills.

In the tenth edition of his Systema Naturae, Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus described the genus Ramphastos in 1758. The word comes from the Ancient Greek rhamphsts, which means “snouted” (from rhamp, which means “bill”).

The biggest toucans belong to this genus, ranging from 42 to 61 cm (17 to 24 in).

All have black wings, tails, and thighs, but the color of the rest of the plumage varies from individual to individual.