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BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Andigena hypoglauca
IUCN STATUS: Near Threatened
HABITAT: Cloud forest in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
The colorful Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan inhabits chilly, damp, mountainous terrain, unlike its larger lowland relatives the Channel-billed and Keel-billed Toucans. In fact, its genus name Andigena means “coming from the Andes Mountains” — a nod to this toucan’s sloping habitat.
The Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan can be differentiated from the three other mountain-toucan species by its red-, yellow-, and black-banded bill and, in one subspecies, its piercing yellow eyes.