Keel-billed Toucan

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Common Name: Keel-billed Toucan
Scientific Name: Ramphastos sulfuratus sulfuratus

Size: 17 - 22 inches (42-55 cm)

Habitat: Central and South America. Found in the lowland forest, rainforest and forest edges.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 50,000 - 499,999 mature individuals.

Diet: Fruits, insects, tree frogs and lizards.

Nesting: Males slightly larger than females. Nesting occurs in tree holes to suit their needs. It is believed that pairs are monogamous and courtship may entail 'bill-fencing'. Two to four eggs are laid and both parents will incubate. Eggs hatch in 16-20 days with both parents also feeding the chicks which fledge after 5-6 weeks. A second or third clutch is possible.

The clutch size is 2-3 white eggs. Incubation lasts about 16 days and fledging occurs at 46-60 days. The young will not return to nest afterwards. Parents may produce a second clutch as early as 20 days after the first clutch fledges.

Cool Facts: The Keel-billed Toucan is the inspiration for Froot Loops’ “Toucan Sam”.

One of the largest toucans, it can be seen in pairs or small flocks usually at dawn and dusk feeding on fruits, insects, tree frogs and lizards in the canopy or mid-level range. The flocks are very boisterous while feeding and some sparring may occur. They roost in holes in trees created naturally or by woodpeckers; they have been noted to crowd in the same hole. The keel-billed toucan is the national bird of Belize.

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