Toco Toucan Fast Facts
Meet Walter, our Toco Toucan! Toco toucans are the largest of the toucan species, standing 64cm tall and a beak that is 19cm long. Although the beak makes up one third of the bird's total length, it isn't as heavy as it looks. The bill is make of keratin (the same substance as your finger nails) and is full of air pockets to make it lighter.
Toucans use their long beaks to peel fruits. They also have a long hair-like tongue which is used to capture reptiles and amphibians.
Toucans choose to nest in tree cavities, often those abandoned by woodpeckers. Females lay two to four eggs. Both parents will sit and incubate the eggs for 16-20 days. Chicks are not born with exaggerated beaks, they grow as they age.
Threats + Conservation
Toco toucans are listed as LEAST CONCERN on the IUCN Red List. The toucan's main threat is caused by deforestation, however, many are hunted for food, but primarily as pets, feathers and tourist trinkets.
1. Locally, toucans are believed to be reincarnations of the devil. 2. Their long beak is used to regulate their body temperatures by changing the blood flow through it. 3. Their frog-like call can be heard half a mile away.