Red Bill Toucan (Ramphastos tucanus)
is the third largest of the black toucans, and nearly identical
in size to the Swainson's toucan. It is a common species of Colombia,
Venezuela, Guyana and Surinam, and is not to be confused with
the Couvier's toucan(R. tucanus couvieri) a subspecies. The Red
Bill was not seen in the U.S. until 1983, when it was first imported.
The first Red Bill was bred in captivity in 1984 by Jerry Jennings,
but has bred only moderately well since, and the numbers are limited.
Listen to the Red
The Red Bill toucan is an active, curious bird that
makes a great addition to the toucan breeder's collection. It
is robust and hardy and makes both an excellent display bird for
zoos, and a wonderful pet. It has a distinctive voice that truly
brings the "sounds of the rainforest" to the garden
First captive breeding May 30, 1984; Jerry Jennings.
CITES status: Appendix II