The Golden Collared Toucanet (Selenidera reinwardtii) is one of six species of lowland Toucanets, whose genus spans the tropical portions of the South American continent and north into Central America as far north as Nicaragua and southeastern Honduras. The Golden Collared is found from southeastern Colombia through eastern Ecuador and Peru to northwestern Bolivia and into western Brazil across the border from Peru.

The Golden Collared is divided into two subspecies. S. r. reinwardtii is found in the northern half of it’s range and S.r. langsdorfii is found in the southern half. These subspecies differ in the color of their beaks. Reinwardtii’s beak is red on the rear 2/3s and black on the front third, whereas langsdorfii has grayish green on the rear half with black on the front half. They are otherwise identical with regard to plumage.

Males are black on the head, neck and breast. Wings, back and tail are drab olive green, and the vent is red. Eyeskin is turquoise blue, the ear coverts are bright yellow and there is a bright yellow collar separating the head from the neck. Feet are gray.

The female is cinnamon brown on the head, neck and breast. Wings, back and tail are a drab olive green and the vent is red. The eyeskin is more green than blue, ear coverts barely noticeable though yellow and the collar is markedly reduced in size from the male’s. Feet are also gray.

Golden Collared Toucanets have never been kept in the U.S. until 2008, when Emerald Forest Bird Gardens acquired a pair and several extra females. An additional two pair arrived at Emerald Forest in July 2010

Golden Collareds have never been bred in the U.S., but as of this writing, one of our pairs is sitting on eggs.

CITES status: Not listed