Introducing the Saffron Toucanet, a bird with a striking appearance that is easily recognizable thanks to its vibrant yellow feathers and elongated beak. What’s particularly captivating about this bird is the bicolored pattern of its beak – one half is red while the other gleams with a beautiful yellow-green hue.
Young toucanets have an overall color of olive and gray, complemented by brown eyes and a bill that’s patterned with spots.
Saffron toucanets are commonly found in the Atlantic Forest where they thrive. They belong to the viridis group, which diverged from other Pteroglossus groups approximately 3 million years ago. The reason behind their prevalence in the Atlantic Forest is due to their separation from the Brazilian savanna biome caused by ancient geological occurrences. These toucanets depend heavily on forested environments for their existence. Studies indicate that they are highly susceptible to forest fragmentation, which exposes them to habitat modifications, rendering them vulnerable.
Observe the daily routine of this feathered creature: