Guianan toucanet

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Guianan toucanet
Guianan Toucanet -Dallas World Aquarium-male-8a.jpg
Male at Dallas World Aquarium, USA
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Ramphastidae
Genus: Selenidera
Species: S. piperivora
Binomial name
Selenidera piperivora
(Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Pteroglossus Culik
  • Selenidera culik (Wagler, 1827)

The Guianan toucanet, or Guyana toucanet (Selenidera piperivora) is a species of bird in the Ramphastidae family found in the north-eastern Amazon rainforest.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The Guianan toucanet was originally described as belonging to the genus Pteroglossus. Recently, some discussion was made of the naming of this species. Pacheco & Whitney (2006) suggested the correct scientific name was Selenidera piperivora, but then Walters (2007) noted that this name was pre-occupied. A paper by Piacentini et al. (2010) presented arguments for the use of Selenidera piperivora (Linnaeus 1758) as the correct name for the species and it was renamed as such by the IOC in 2010.[2] Most other authorities have now also adopted this taxonomy.[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in north-western Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is tropical humid lowland forests. It is 25 cm (10 in) long and weighs 110-165 grams (3.9-5.8 oz.)[4][5]

Relationship to humans[edit]

The Guianan toucanet is sometimes kept in aviculture as a breeder bird or a pet.[6]


  • Pacheco, J. F. & B. M. Whitney (2006). Mandatory changes for the scientific names of three neotropical birds. Bull. Brit. Orn. Cl. 126(3):242-244.
  • Walters, M. (2007). The correct name of the Guianan Toucanet: Selenidera culik (Wagler) not S. piperivorus (Linnaeus). Bull. Brit. Orn. 127: 247-249.
  • Piacentini, V.Q., J.F. Pacheco & B. M. Whitney. 2010. The name Ramphastos piperivorus Linnaeus revisited. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 130 (2): 141-143.
  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Selenidera piperivora". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Taxonomy Version 2 « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Selenidera piperivora - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  5. ^ Short, Lester; Horne, Jennifer (2001). Toucans, Barbets and Honeyguides. Bird Families of the World. 8. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-854666-1. 
  6. ^ Summers, Amado. "Toucans and Toucanets". Organization of Professional Aviculturists, Inc. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 

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