Plate Bill Mountain Toucan (Andigena laminostris)
is a native of the Pacific slope of Ecuador and southwestern Colombia.
It is one of four mountain toucan species and the only one in
captivity in the U.S. where it is very rare. Only a handful were
ever imported, and while a few were bred, the species never took
Mountain toucans are quite extraordinary in that
they live at very high elevations, approaching 9,000' in Ecuador,
Colombia and Peru. Today there are less than six known specimens
in the U.S.
First captive breeding January 4, 1975; Los Angeles
Zoo. CITES status: not listed.