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This page lists books that are totally or partially about Toucan.

The books are listed by publication date with the most recent at the top.

Toucan taxonomy

Family: Ramphastidae
Genus: Ramphastos, Andigena, Aulacorhynchus, Selenidera, and Pteroglossus

Toucan taxonomy is complex. There are at least 31 species and a number of subspecies of toucans. These include true Toucans, Mountain Toucans, Aracaris, and Toucanets.

The subspecies are not included in the list below though some may subsequently be recognised as full species:

Keel-billed Toucan
Ramphastos sulfuratus

Choco Toucan
Ramphastos brevis

Channel-billed Toucan
Ramphastos vitellinus

Green-billed Toucan
Ramphastos dicolorus

Black-mandibled Toucan
Ramphastos ambiguus

White-throated Toucan
Ramphastos tucanus

Toco Toucan
Ramphastos toco

Grey-breasted Mountain Toucan Andigena hypoglauca

Hooded Mountain Toucan
Andigena cucullata

Plate-billed Mountain Toucan
Andigena laminirostris

Black-billed Mountain Toucan
Andigena nigrirostris

Blue-banded Toucanet
Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis

Chestnut-tipped Toucanet
Aulacorhynchus derbianus

Whitely's Toucanet
Aulacorhynchus whitelianus

Crimson-rumped Toucanet
Aulacorhynchus haematopygus

Yellow-browed Toucanet
Aulacorhynchus huallagae

Emerald Toucanet
Aulacorhynchus prasinus

Groove-billed Toucanet
Aulacorhynchus sulcatus

Guianan Toucanet
Selenidera culik

Tawny-tufted Toucanet
Selenidera nattereri

Golden-collared Toucanet
Selenidera reinwardtii

Gould's Toucanet
Selenidera gouldii

Spot-billed Toucanet
Selenidera maculirostris

Yellow-eared Toucanet
Selenidera spectabilis

Saffron Toucanet
Pteroglossus bailloni

Green Aracari
Pteroglossus viridis

Lettered Aracari
Pteroglossus inscriptus

Collared Aracari
Pteroglossus torquatus

Black-necked Aracari
Pteroglossus aracari

Chestnut-eared Aracari
Pteroglossus castanotis

Many-banded Aracari
Pteroglossus pluricinctus

Ivory-billed Aracari
Pteroglossus azara

Curl-crested Aracari
Pteroglossus beauharnaesii

Red-necked Aracari
Pteroglossus bitorquatus

Brown-mandibled Aracari
Pteroglossus mariae

Fiery-billed Aracari
Pteroglossus frantzii

Stripe-billed Aracari
Pteroglossus sanguineus

Pale-mandibled Aracari
Pteroglossus erythropygius


Tucano-de-bico-preto: Uma Visão Fotográfica e Artística

Channel-billed Toucan: A Photographic and Artistic Vision

José Felipe Monteiro Pereira

JF Editoaves


Bilingual: Portuguese / English

"The research concerning the Channel-billed Toucan, executed by José Felipe Monteiro Pereira and here represented in his photographic recordings, shows a work of great care and dedication to animal observation, being a technically perfect work, as much in methodological photography as in ethological techniques required in avifauna studies. This study, resumed in the present work, while important and interesting source of knowledge and information about morphological, ecological and behavioral aspects, also represents a poetical record of beauty and of the incredible adaptive capability of this animal. The photographic recordings and the respective research compose a work to be felt. Ramphastos vitellinus is a bird to be contemplated."

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The Family of Toucans: The Complete Plates

Jonathan Elphick

Colour plates: John Gould



Comprises 51 large loose leaf colour plates by John Gould originally published in his Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans. These plates are packed in a cloth bound box and are accompanied by a booklet with an essay by Jonathan Elphick that discusses the biology of Toucans and Gould's work.

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Toucans of the Americas / Tucanos das Américas

Herculano Alvarenga and Eduardo Brettas

Editora M Pontual Edicoes e Arte Ltda

Text: English/Portuguese


Full page colour plates of individual species accompanied by text that provides information on evolution, biology, habitat and distribution.

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Toucans, Barbets, and Honeyguides: Ramphastidae, Capitonidae and Indicatoridae

Lester Short and Jennifer Horne

Colour plates: Albert Earl Gilbert

Oxford University Press


630 pages, 80pp colour plates, numerous maps and line illustrations

"This book covers in unmatched detail the life history, relationships, biology, and conservation of all the world's toucans, barbets, and honeyguides. These number 133 species, found in tropical regions around the world. The toucans are especially well-known because of their dramatic bills and their association with the Amazon rainforest. The authors have been working with these birds for over 20 years, and their knowledge and expertise in these groups is unrivalled. Much of the information in this book has never previously been published."

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Avian Speciation in Tropical South America: With a Systematic Survey of the Toucans (Ramphastidae) and Jacamars (Galbulidae)

Jurgen Haffer

Nuttall Ornithological Club, 14


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A Monograph of the Ramphastidae or Family of Toucans

John Gould

Hill House Publishers


A facsimile reproduction of the John Gould plates that are held in the British Museum (Natural History).

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Catalogue Of The Picariae In The Collection Of The British Museum

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XIX

Scansores and Coccyges: P.L. Sclater

Indicatoridae, Capitonidae, Cuculidae and Musophagidae: G.E. Shelley

Colour plates: J. Smit (4), J.G. Keulemans (9)

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Sold by: Longman & Co.; B. Quaritch; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and at the British Museum (Natural History)


From the preface:

"The present volume contains an account of the remaining families of the suborder Scansores, and of those of the suborder Coccyges. The arrangement of three of these families, which are entirely composed of Neotropical forms, was undertaken by Mr. P. L, Sclater, that of the remainder by Captain G. E. Shelley. The numbers of species of the several families, and of the specimens at present in the Collection of the British Museum, are as follows: Indicatoridae, 12; Capitonidae, 112; Rhamphastidae, 59; Galbulidae, 21; Bucconidae, 43; Cuculidae, 176; Musophagidae, 25. Of the 448 species recorded, 32 are not represented in the Museum; but besides the 73 types of species admitted as valid, the Collection contains 50 other typical specimens the names of which are now relegated to the synonymic lists. Of donations not already mentioned on former occasions, I have to refer to the two following, which were specially useful in supplementing the series of specimens catalogued in the present volume: the entire collection of Cuckoos formed by Mr. H. Seebohm, and consisting of 539 specimens; and a valuable series of South-African birds collected by T. and W. Ayres in Natal and the Transvaal for the late Mr. J. H. Gurney, and presented by his son."
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A Monograph of the Ramphastidae or Family of Toucans

John Gould

Colour plates: John Gould, H. C. Richter

Unacknowledged contribution to colour plates: Edward Lear, Elizabeth Gould

Taylor & Francis


Originally published in three parts between 1833 and 1835. The original parts included 34 of the colour plates. These parts together with a supplement with a further 18 plates were published in this revised edition in 1854. All plates were newly lithographed and the text rewritten for this edition.

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A Monograph of the Ramphastidae or Family of Toucans

John Gould

Colour plates: John Gould, Elizabeth Gould

Published by the author


Originally published in three parts between 1833 and 1835. The original parts included 34 of the colour plates. A completely revised edition was published in 1854.

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Last updated June 2014