Emerald Toucanet


The emerald toucanet is one of seven species of “mountain toucanets,” all of which are mostly green. They are much smaller versions of the large black toucanet; their beaks, approximately 3 inches in size, make up for part of their overall 12 inches. Emerald toucanets are popular as pets as well as in zoos and private aviaries.

Active and highly intelligent, the emerald toucanet is a friendly species and is easy to hand-tame. They have charming personalities and can be trained to catch with their large bills. Because of their high activity level, they need a great deal of space in which to fly, hop and play.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Emerald toucanets primarily eat fruit in the wild, and the same should be replicated in captivity. Because citric acid facilitates the absorption of iron, it is recommended not to give this species any citric fruits. In addition to a wide variety of fruits, their diet should be supplemented with a low-iron protein source. Emerald toucanets tend to be territorial and sometimes even aggressive with other bird species, so it is not advisable to place them in a mixed aviary.

Expert Advice

“Although the emerald toucanet can be aggressive to other birds, it is popular as a pet; it is very intelligent and quite active.”

Jerry Jennings, Emerald Forest Bird Gardens

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Southern Mexico to northern Bolivia
12 inches
Life Expectancy:
16 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Good trick ability