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Toco Toucan (ramphastos toco)

Description: Largest member of the toucan family; Mostly black with white throat and upper tail coverts; Undertail coverts red; Large, high keeled bill red-orange with black spot on tip.


Diet: Feeds primarily on soft fruits, but often eats insects and small reptiles; Will opportunistically feed on nestling birds and eggs.


Habitat: Found in riverine and costal edges of forests.


Status and conservation: Although they are not endangered, Toco toucan habitat is rapidly disappearing. Toco toucans are also hunted extensively for the pet trade. These delicate birds are difficult to care for and many die in transit or shortly after captivity.


Did you know... Toucans nest in narrow, hollow logs. The chicks hatch after about 16 days of incubation. Newly hatched chicks are completely naked and pink with a small pointed beak. They are fed by both parent and usually fledge from the next after about 43 days.

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Taken on December 27, 2009