Yellowbrowed toucanet

Aulacorhynchus huallagae

TAXONOMY

Aulacorhynchus huallagae Carriker, 1933. This species shares the genus Aulacorhynchus with six other species of toucanets.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Toucanet a sourcils jaunes; German: Gelbbrauen-Arassari; Spanish: Tucancito de Cuello Dorado.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Like other members of this genus, has a green back; under-parts are red with golden-yellow undertail coverts and white band around base of tail. Length 14-16 in (37-41 cm); weight 9.3 oz (264 g) male; 9.8 oz (278 g) female.

DISTRIBUTION

This species is restricted to two small and isolated highland forest fragments in central Peru.

HABITAT

This species occupies the canopy of cool, humid, cloud-forests from 6,970-8,240 ft (2,125-2,510 m) in elevation, where trees are thickly covered with epiphytes and undergrowth is dense.

BEHAVIOR

Not well known. Calls are low-pitched and frog-like. FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Not well known; has been seen feeding on flowers and melas-tome (family Melastomataceae) fruits. Remsen et al. examined stomach contents of three specimens and found only fruit; no arthropods or small vertebrates.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Not known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Endangered. Habitat loss due to widespread deforestation is the principal threat. The geographic range is estimated at 175 mi2 (450 km2). Although this species occurs within the Rio Abiseo National Park, the population may be small. Precise numbers are unknown, but populations appear to be declining.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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