Bird

Toucan

Area: 
Central America and South America
Habitat: 
Rain forest canopy
Food: 
Fruit, insects, other birds' eggs, tree frogs, lizards, and fish
Size: 
12 to 24 inches tall, depending on species
Babies: 
1 to 5 eggs are laid; chicks hatch after about 17 days.
There are 34 species of toucan. Some have a beak as long as their body!
Toucan? They Can!

Toucans are important for rain forestA woodland that receives more than 100 inches (250 centimeters) of rain each year. Tropical rain forests are known for warm temperatures, and have evergreen trees that form a dense, continuous canopy. Temperate rain forests have evergreen and deciduous trees, with temperatures that vary greatly with the season. health and diversity. These birds pass seeds from the fruit they eat through their digestive systems, which helps replant the plants.

 

The toucan's bill is also a big deal. Some say that the large and brightly colored bill is used to attract potential mates. Others suggest it is useful in scaring away predators or animals that might compete with the toucan for food. Still others believe it is an adaptation that allows the toucan to reach food way out at the ends of branches that are not strong enough to hold the birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. itself. Toucans are known to reach deep into tree cavities to grab eggs from other birds or to dig deeply into their own nesting cavities to clear them out, and pairs have been seen tossing fruit to one another in a courtshipAll behavioral patterns leading to breeding or pair formation. ritual. No matter what purpose you decide on, the toucan’s bill is a very useful tool!

 

The rainbow-billed toucan is the national birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. of Belize. While often compared to hornbills, toucans are actually close relatives of the woodpecker! Toucans spend their lives high in the rain forestA woodland that receives more than 100 inches (250 centimeters) of rain each year. Tropical rain forests are known for warm temperatures, and have evergreen trees that form a dense, continuous canopy. Temperate rain forests have evergreen and deciduous trees, with temperatures that vary greatly with the season. canopyThe second-highest, spreading, branchy layer of trees in a rain forest.—seldom making trips to the forest floorThe ground layer of a rain forest.—and nest in hollowed-out tree cavities.