Keel-billed Toucan

Where in the world?

Tropical lowlands of South America.


Animal Facts:

Keel-billed Toucans eat mainly fruits, but also supplement their diet with protein in the form of insects, eggs of other birds and even small lizards, frogs and birds.

These social birds live in flocks of six to 12 individuals. They hop rather than fly through the canopy, and at night roost together in holes in tree trunks.

Tree cavities host toucan nests, where both parents incubate the eggs and feed the young. Babies are born featherless, with eyes shut and bills not fully developed. They stay in the nest for 8–9 weeks.

Did you know?

The large bill of toucans is lighter than it looks: it is composed of a spongy hollow bone covered by keratin, the same substance that makes up human hair and nails.



Posted on

July 30, 2019