There are over 40 species of Toucans.
Toco Toucans are birds.
Toco Toucans are the largest species of toucans.
Toco Toucans are 25 inches long (that’s about 2ft) with a bill that is 7.5 inches longs
They weigh around 20 ounces. That’s a little over 1 pound.
Toco Toucans live in South America
Their habitats include rainforests, woodlands, savanna, plantations and other areas with a lot of scattered trees.
They nest in tree holes mostly mad by woodpeckers.
5-4 Toco Toucans live in one nest.
Toco Toucans live in small flocks of about 6 toucans.
Toco Toucans have a black body with white on their chest. They have orange skin around their eyes with a bright orange and yellow bill.
A Toco Toucan’s bill may look heavy put it’s very light. Their bill is made out of keratin that is also found in our hair, skin and nails. A Rhino’s horn is also made out of keratin.
Their tongue looks like a feather.
They use their tongue to catch food and fling it down their throat.
Their bight colors work as camouflage so they blend in the rainforests.
Toco Toucans are omnivores meaning they eat both meat and plants.
Toco Toucans eat fruit, insects, tree frogs, lizards, other small reptiles and sometimes eggs of other birds.
The lifespan of a Toco Toucan is 20 years.
When a Toco Toucan sleep they lay their bill on their backs and pull their tails over their head.
Toco Toucans do not fly very well. When they do fly they glade for very short distances. They usually hop from one tree to another.
Toco Toucans have a loud call which sounds similar to a frog. You can hear a Toco Toucan’s call from up to a half a mile away.
A mother Toco Toucan lays 2-4 eggs per year.
Like a flamingo both the mother and father look after the egg until it hatches.
A Toco Toucan’s egg hatches within 16-20 days.
A baby Toco Toucan is called a chick.
A chick’s bill is not big when they are born. It grows as they grow.
Predators to a Toco Toucan are large birds, weasels, jaguars, snakes and humans.
Humans often trop Toco Toucans and sell them as pets.
Fun Fact- The Kellogg’s cereal Fruit Loops mascot Toucan Sam is actually a Toco Toucan.