Toco Toucan

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Common Name: Toco Toucan
Scientific Name: Ramphastos toco

Size: 22 - 26 inches (55-65 cm)

Habitat: South America; the Amazon. Found in the canopy level of forest and also in open forest areas, including plantations and palm groves. Is common around human dwellings.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: unknown.

Diet: Fruits, insects, frogs, lizards and bird eggs.

Nesting: Males slightly larger than females. It nests in tree cavities; high in the canopy. The entrance hole is preferred to be only large enough for a bird to fit through. This cavity may also be used for several years. Bill fencing is thought to be a courtship ritual. Two to four, white eggs are laid. Both parents share in the incubation which lasts 16-20 days. The chicks hatch blind and naked and have specialized heel pads that protect the chicks against the rough texture of the cavity floor. The young are cared for by both parents and fledge at around 6-10 weeks. Additional clutches may follow.

Cool Facts: The Toco is the largest of the Toucans. Found in pairs or small flocks that are quite boisterous as they maneuver through wooded areas searching for trees and other plant materials that bear fruit.

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