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Book List:

Toucans, Barbets and Honeyguides (2001)

Short, Lester and Horne, Jennifer, Illustrated by Albert Earl Gilbert, Oxford University Press, New York.

Toucans, Barbets and Honeyguides is an in depth portrayal of the three titled families. Species accounts including distribution and natural history as well as a complete set of paintings of all the species and subspecies are included. This book is a must for the toucan aficionado.

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Handbook of The Birds of The World, Vol. 7. Jacamars to Woodpeckers(2002),

del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., and Sargatal, J., eds. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Vol. 7 of this series contains in depth information and a wealth of color photographs of most of the species of toucans including photos of birds in their natural habitats, at their nests, and consuming natural food items. It is a necessary edition to the toucan lover's library and an important companion text to the Toucans, Barbets and Honeyguides


Birds in Brazil (1993)

By Helmut Sick, Illustrated by Paul Barruel and John O'Neill. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

Covering all the birds of Brazil, this book gives additional insight to the natural history of Brazilian species of Ramphastids.

Gould, John, A Monograph of the Ramphastidae (1992) , Companhia Florestal Monte Dourado,Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Belem, Para, Brasil

This book is a reprint of the original paintings and text of the Ramphastidae by John Gould (1804-1881). An original edition is priceless, and this reproduction offers a glimpse into 19th Century bird art and ornithology, then in its infancy.


Haffer, Jurgen, Avian Speciation in Tropical South America (1973), Nuttal Ornithological Society, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This work describes the evolution of birds in South America, utilizing toucans and jacamars as examples. Haffer explores the changing landscape over millions of years, wherein the Amazon rainforest expanded into a monolithic forest structure, declined into numerous forest refugia, then re expanded into a contiguous forest, during which times toucan species became isolated and evolved independently of each other. Detailed descriptions of species, subspecies and naturally occurring hybrids are included along with detailed range maps, and geographic locations of specimens taken.


Skutch, Alexander F., Birds of Tropical America (1983), University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas,

This book devotes each of its thirty four chapters to a detailed description of the natural history of thirty four species of birds native to Costa Rica, where Dr. Skutch spent most of his life. The last four chapters describe the natural history of the Rainbow Billed Toucan, the Collared Aracari, the Fiery Billed Aracari, and the Emerald Toucanet.



Hilty, Steven, A Guide to the Birds of Colombia

Stiles, F. Gary, A Guide to The Birds of Costa Rica (1989), Comstock Publishing Associates, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York

Ridgely, Robert S., A Guide to The Birds of Panama (1981), Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey

ffrench, Richard, A Guide to The Birds of Trinidad & Tobago (1991), Comstock Publishing Associates, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York

de Schauensee, Rodolphe Meyer, and Phelps, William H. Jr., A Guide to the Birds of Venezuela (1978), Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey