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Grey breasted mountain toucan

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Piciformes
Genus  Andigena
Higher classification  Mountain toucan
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Ramphastidae
Scientific name  Andigena hypoglauca
Rank  Species
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Similar  Mountain toucan, Black‑billed mountain toucan, Plate‑billed mountain toucan, Hooded mountain toucan, Blue‑banded toucanet

Grey breasted mountain toucan andigena hypoglauca in peru

The grey-breasted mountain toucan (Andigena hypoglauca) is a species of bird in the family Ramphastidae found in humid highland forest, often at the tops of the trees, in the Andes of southern Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. It remains locally fairly common, but has declined due to habitat loss.


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Andigena hypoglauca grey breasted mountain toucan

Taxonomy and systematics

The grey-breasted mountain toucan was originally described in the genus Pteroglossus.


Two subspecies are recognized:

Grey-breasted mountain toucan Sapayoa Ecuador Bird Photos Photo Keywords GREY BREASTED MOUNTAIN
  • A. h. hypoglauca - (Gould, 1833): Found from central Colombia to eastern Ecuador
  • A. h. lateralis - Chapman, 1923: Found in eastern Ecuador and central Peru
  • Description

    Grey-breasted mountain toucan Sapayoa Ecuador Bird Photos Photo Keywords Andigena andigena

    This species is distinguished from other mountain-toucans by its colorful bill: red and black at the tip and yellow-green at the base, where there is a black, thumbprint-shaped mark. The black head is set off from the chestnut-brown back by a pale gray collar. the northern nominate subspecies has dark eyes, while the southern A. h. lateralis has pale eyes. Total length of the grey-breasted mountain toucan is 46–48 cm (18–19 in) long and weight is 244-370 grams (8.6-13.1 oz).

    Behaviour and ecology

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    A wide variety of fruits and berries are eaten and this species is often more willing than most largish toucans to leave the canopy to eat raspberries near the base of the trees. They tend to remain quiet while flying and are known to mix often with other birds while foraging, including larger species of tanagers, thrushes and icterids, both behavior unusual in toucans. Very little is known about the life history details for this species.


    Grey-breasted mountain toucan Wikipedia

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