Channel-billed Toucan Ramphastos vitellinus

Channel-billed Toucan Ramphastos vitellinus

Channel-billed Toucan Ramphastos vitellinus


Brazil; Colombia; French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela

Channel-billed #Toucans are spectacular rainforest birds of #SouthAmerica #vulnerable due to rapidly growing #palmoil #soy #meat #deforestation throughout their range. Join the #Boycott4Wildlife to help save them!

The primary threat to the Channel-billed Toucan is accelerating deforestation in the Amazon basin as land is cleared for cattle ranching, palm oil and soy production, facilitated by expansion of the road network (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011).

IUCN red list

Channel-billed Toucans rarely fly more than 100 metres at a time and prefer to bounce from branch to branch. Their large bills help them to regulate body temperature. A toucan’s bill can reach over 18cm in length, and is also used to reach for food and break open bird nests.

Channel-billed Toucans are also declining as a result of hunting pressure (del Hoyo et al. 2002), although due to beliefs about the sacredness of these birds, their consumption by Indigenous peoples of Amazonia is rare

You can support this beautiful animal

There are no known conservation activities for this animal. Make art to raise awareness and join the #Boycott4Wildlife.

Further Information

Merazonia wildlife rescue and sanctuary rehabilitate parrots and toucans, some of the most trafficked animals in the world. Donate to them here

IUCN Rating vulnerable

BirdLife International. 2016. Ramphastos vitellinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22726222A94915148. Downloaded on 06 June 2021.

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Hi, I’m Palm Oil Detective’s Editor in Chief. Palm Oil Detectives is partly a consumer website about palm oil in products and partly an online community for writers, scientists, conservationists, artists and musicians to showcase their work and express their love for endangered species. I have a strong voice for creatures great and small threatened by deforestation. With our collective power we can shift the greed of the retail and industrial agriculture sectors and through strong campaigning we can stop them cutting down forests. Be bold! Be courageous! Join the #Boycott4Wildlife and stand up for the animals with your supermarket choices

4 thoughts on “Channel-billed Toucan Ramphastos vitellinus

    1. Thank you so much Barbara I really appreciate you sharing out all of these posts to all of your followers 🙂


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