Toucan (Ramphastos cuvieri)
is similar in appearance to the Red Bill Toucan, and was once
considered a subspecies of the Red Bill, but no longer. Sibley
and Monroe classify it as a separate species. The principal difference
between the two is found in the coloration of the sides of the
beak. The Red Bill's Beak is maroon red to light red on the side
panels, whereas the same portions on the Cuvier's beak is black.
Both have similar yelping calls .
toucan ranges from southeastern Colombia south through Eastern
Ecuador and Peru into western Brasil and northern Bolivia. It
coexists with the similar appearing Yellow Ridged Toucan (Ramphastos
vitellinus culminatus), but is larger in size and has a longer
bill. It is also distinguishable by its call. Whereas the Cuvier
has a yelping call audible at great distance in the rainforest,
the Yellow Ridged Toucan has a croaking call and is less noticeable.
kept in captivity in Peru, where they are being bred and there
a few in the U.S. at the present time. Their diet and housing
requirements are identical with those for any other large toucan.
is not listed on CITES