Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus)

Toucan Barbets (genus Semnornis) occur naturally in the Neotropics (Central and South America).

Recognized Species of Toucan Barbets


The Semnornis barbets are colorful and fairly large barbets, measuring between 18 - 21 cm.


They are highly social, and may be seen either in small groups of up to five or six individuals, or as singles.

Toucan Barbets are monogamous, but breed cooperatively, with several members of the group helping the dominant breeding pair with incubation and raising the young.

They are active during the day and early morning.

Diet and feeding

The diet is made up of fruits and, to a lesser extent, insects.

A 1993 of the stomach contents found that in all the stomachs checked only fruit was found. Fruits may be eaten whole, held in the foot and broken and eaten, or crushed and only the juices eaten.

Insects are more common in the diet of nestlings, and compose 40% of the food brought to the nest in Toucan-barbets. Toucan-barbets may also feed their chicks small numbers of vertebrates. They have also been recorded eating flowers.


Toucan-barbet are monogamous breeders.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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