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Crimpson Rumped Toucanet

Crimson Rumped Toucanet (Aulachorynchus haematopygus) is one of only two species of mountain toucanets found in captivity in the U.S. It is distributed throughout the mountain forests of the Andes of Colombia east to northwestern Venezuela and south through the Pacific slope of Ecuador, where it has been seen at elevations from 1000 feet to 7,000 feet and is quite common.

The Crimson Rumped is an attractive toucanet. It is mostly dark green with a bright red rump and a beak that is chestnut red ending in a vertical white stripe at the base. The iris is dark red and the eyeskin is brown.

The Crimson Rumped toucanet was one of the first toucan species bred in captivity and was bred to several generations at the Los Angeles Zoo, where it was originally bred for the first time. While a number of these birds were last imported in 1983 from Ecuador, and a fair number were bred in private aviculture in the mid 1980's, this species has all but disappeared in captivity.

First captive breeding May 1, 1970; Los Angeles Zoo. CITES status: not listed.