Discover the characteristics of our Exotic Toucans

Toco Toucan

The toco toucan (Ramphastos toco), often known as the common or huge toucan, is the largest and most well-known species of toucan. It can be found in semi-open settings across much of central and eastern South America. It is a popular zoo attraction. Toco toucans are extremely gregarious and social, spending most of their time in couples or flocks of six or more members. They alternate cleaning each other's bodies with their bills. Because of the constant shift in available fruits in their geographical area, toucans are highly migratory. These birds communicate using a variety of repetitive sound productions that are deep and harsh yet highly consistent. They would also use rattling sounds to communicate with one another, which is a very typical activity. Clacking their bills was a form of aural communication between the birds. They can also perceive their surroundings through chemical, tactile, and visual cues.

Keel-billed Toucan

The gregarious Keel-billed Toucans are rarely seen by themselves. They normally dwell in tiny flocks of six to twelve birds, with larger family groupings residing inside these flocks. They spend most of their days searching for food or resting high up in forest canopies. Several of them may roost and sleep in the same tree cavity. To make room for additional birds in such small spaces, they've learned to tuck their tails and beaks under them while sleeping, allowing more room for the other birds. The flooring of the roosting cavities is frequently coated with pits from the fruit consumed by the toucans. They range in weight from 13.4 to 17.6 oz (380 to 500 grams). Except for the yellow-green forehead, vivid yellow throat and cheeks, fiery red undertail feathers (vent), and white rump, the plumage is largely black.

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