BS2010-11

The Plate-billed Mountain Toucan (Andigena laminirostris) feeding on a Caecilia spp (Gymnophiona: Amphibia)

Abstract

In this note I report a feeding event of two Plate-billed Mountain Toucans (Andigena laminirostris) upon a Caecilian. Overall, caecilians are poorly known; however at least another bird (Leucopternis princeps) has also been reported feeding on them. As predation was not observed, and based on the corpse state it is likely that the prey was killed prior to the take of the toucans.

Resumen

En esta nota reporto dos individuos del Tucán Andino Piquilaminado (Andigena laminirostris) que fueron observados comiendo a un Caecilia spp. Las cecilias son poco conocidos, sin embargo hay registros de otraespecie de ave (Leucopternis princeps) alimentándose de ellos. Ya que la depredación no fue observada, y dado el estado del cadáver, es posible que la presa haya sido matada antes de que los tucanes la tomaran.