Saffron Toucanet (Baillonius bailloni) is sometime referred to as the “golden” toucanet because of its golden colored breast feathers. The Saffron is a small, lowland species found in the southeastern rainforests of Brasil, where it is still fairly common. The overall length is approximately ten inches and the beak 2-3 inches. It is somewhat similar in appearance to the aracaris and in its voice. It is the only species in its genus.
The Saffron toucanet is another rarity in captivity, where its numbers have declined over the years, in spite of a number of breeding successes.
The Saffron was first bred in captivity by Brookfield Zoo.
CITES status: Appendix III (Argentina).