Emerald Toucanet (Aulachorynchus prasinus)
is the most broadly distributed of the toucans. There are approximately
fourteen subspecies which can be found from southern Mexico south
to northern Bolivia and southern Peru. The Emerald toucanet is
one of seven species of "mountain toucanets", all of
which are mostly green, and vary in their beak and eyeskin coloration.
The subspecies featured here(the only one in captivity), is found
from, southern Mexico to southern Nicaragua, and is referred to
as the white throated form.
Mountain toucanets are found in the foothills and mountains of
Central and South America at elevations from five hundred to seven
thousand feet. Emerald toucanets(as are all toucanets) are much
smaller versions of the large black toucans. They weigh approximately
175 grams, and reach a total length of only twelve inches, with
the beak accounting for three.
The Emerald toucanet has been a very popular bird in zoos and
private aviaries. It is a free breeder, but aggressive to other
birds. It is popular as a pet, is very intelligent and quite active.
First captive breeding May 27, 1978; Jerry Jennings. CITES status: