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Volume 81, Issue 5


Toucan predation attempt on a Neotropical pygmy squirrel

Camilo Flores Amasifuén / Eckhard W. HeymannORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4259-8018
Published Online: 2016-12-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0106


Predation on arboreal squirrels is rarely observed directly. Here we report the observation of a predatory attack on a Neotropical pygmy squirrel, Sciurillus pusillus (É. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1803), by a white-throated toucan, Ramphastos tucanos, from north-eastern Peruvian Amazonia. The toucan plucked the squirrel from a trunk at ca. 8 m height in flight and then slammed the individual against a liana in an apparent attempt to kill the prey item. This is the first field observation on a predation attempt on S. pusillus, and adds further evidence for predatory habits in toucans.

Keywords: predatory behaviour; Ramphastos tucanos; Sciurillus pusillus


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About the article

Received: 2016-07-22

Accepted: 2016-09-15

Published Online: 2016-12-03

Published in Print: 2017-08-28

Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 81, Issue 5, Pages 527–528, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0106.

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