Spotted-billed toucanet

Spotted-billed toucanet

Would you like to have a toucan as a pet? It can become a very affectionate bird, but yes, you already know that you will have to have a large cage or a lot of space to build a large aviary, right? Especially if you buy a spotted toucanet.

A kind of South America

Also receiving the name of arasari chico, and the scientific name of selenidera masculirostris, this species belongs to the family of the Ramphastidae, in the genus of the selenidera.

Spotted-billed toucanet

It is native to Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and northern Argentina. When looking for habitat, it likes to do it in the interior canopy and the edges of humid forests.

How does it look like?

This type of toucan is a medium-sized bird, since it measures between 33-37 cm, the male being slightly larger than the female and having a slightly longer beak.

The male has a black head, throat, and chest, while the female is brown to orange. The back in both sexes is olive green. At the peak, it has three to five dark bands, which vary in format depending on the individual.

It has a green eye-ring, with a tuft of postocular feathers and a line that forms the letter “a” in the never golden yellow. Also, the yellow iris has a dark spot.

Good pet?

In some South American countries, it is treated as a fairly common pet. In these countries, it is widely worked as a breeding bird, which has helped the wild population to expand and remain stable unlike other members of its family.

Its diet consists of fruits, mainly cecropia and palm trees. From time to time you can eat sprouts and some types of insects, from which they get protein. Breeding can arrive before summer, nesting in a hollow or cavity in a tree. This will lay two to four eggs that will incubate for about three weeks, alternately with the male.

Spotted-billed toucanet

When the young are born, they do not yet have the strength in their beaks to be able to feed on fruits, so it is the parents who feed them. Besides, they compensate the feeding with some insects, so that they receive the necessary nutrients to develop.

Toucans are a species that have a very strong beak, so you have to think twice before getting one. Whoever gets a species of toucan as a pet, should know that they will have to invest in a cage with very resistant and thick bars, since these can easily break many materials with their beak. And in the case of having more than one, it is necessary to avoid having several males and several females in the same aviary, since they will fight when the moment of reproduction arrives. They should have separate modules so that couples are calm.

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