Toucan

Species profile

Name: toucans are a group of 40 species of birds known for their colourful beaks. Thanks to their unique appearance, they are one of the most popular and well-known birds in the world.

Appearance: toucans have short bodies and small wings. They are easily recognised by their large beaks which can measure more than half the length of their bodies.

Size: they range in size from the lettered aracari which reaches 29 cm and weighs 130 grams – to the toco toucan which reaches 63 cm and weighs 680 grams.

Diet: toucans are mostly fruit eaters although will also take insects, small birds, and small lizards if the opportunity arises.

Did you know: toucans are known for their large and colourful beaks. Despite their large size, they are actually very lightweight. They are lined with serrated edges – similar to teeth – which allow them to grip food. Researchers have found that their beaks are an efficient way of regulating temperature, can help to reach food nearby, and are used to intimidate other birds. They have also made them a world-famous icon which has featured in adverts and cartoons since the 1930s.

Location: they can be found in the rain and cloud forests of Latin America. From Southern Mexico, through Central America, into South America, and down to northern Argentina.

Where to see Toucans

According to reports submitted to WildSide, you can see toucans in the following places:

Place Chance to see User rating No. reports
Monteverde
Costa Rica
33%
low
4.7
very good
3
reports

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