Yellow-eared Toucanet
Selenidera spectabilis


  • Scientific name:

    Selenidera spectabilis

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  • Common names:

    Yellow-eared toucanet


  • Morphology:

    Yellow-eared toucanets have bright olive green wings and back while the head and lower parts are black. They have a bluish gray slate tail. Males have yellow auricular streaks (feathers covering the ears) which are absent in females. Females have a brown crown. They have a relatively large beak with a black basal line. The upper mandible is olive-brown to blackish with the upper portion yellowish green. The legs are bluish gray. They measure 36 to 38 cm in length and weigh 220 g on average.

  • Reproduction:

    Yellow-eared toucanets nest in natural tree cavities. They lay 2 to 4 eggs which are incubated by both parents in 16 days. Both parents feed the babies fruit for up to 8 weeks.

  • Diet:

    They feed mainly on a variety of fruits but occasionally they also eat insects or small vertebrates.


  • Range:

    They are found from the north of Honduras (La Mosquitia) south through Central America to the center-west of Colombia and north-west of Ecuador.

  • Habitat:

    They live in humid forest between 300 and 1,500 m altitude and in adjacent wooded areas.


  • Habitat destruction is the biggest threat. IUCN Red List: Least concern.