One of the seven species of green toucanets of the genus Aulacorhynchus, the Blue-banded toucanet, (Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis) can be found in the subtropical and tropical moist forests of the east slopes of the Andes, from central and south Peru into Bolivia. They are a relatively small toucan species, with colorful, mainly green, plumage, white throat and a somewhat difficult to see blue band across the breast. They are typically seen in pairs or small groups, foraging in the top of the trees. Like other toucanets, they nest in tree cavities.
Here at the DWA we try to provide an environment for our birds that resembles, as close as possible, what they would find in nature. Our setup proves to be really effective for all the toucans participating in our Breeding Program, and they just love to spend time working on the nest logs that we provide for them. Once again, the breeding season started as a great success and we are especially happy when other species start to breed. We were glad to find the first clutch of eggs for our Blue-banded toucanet pairs in their nest cavities – another world-first breeding of a species. And it didn’t stop there! They have produced four clutches this year.
The first-time parents have a little help with their babies due to their inexperience, and the Nursery Staff couldn’t be happier to be able to work with this wonderful species. The babies are really cute and show themselves to be very gentle with the keepers and between each other.
Our Blue-banded toucanets are currently being kept in our Breeding Aviaries, but our babies are now getting ready to be displayed in one of our exhibits. Come check them out during the summer!