Red-billed Toucan

Toucan.

The toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) is very different from any other bird. Why? Because of its beautiful lightweight beak, and coloration. As we see this bird has many different colors, red, yellow, green, orange, and black.

  Anatomy:    The toucan is twenty inches long (50 centimeters) but its beak is one third of its length.  They have 4 toes on a foot. Two face forward two backwards.

 Diet:    They eat fruits most of the time but also eat insects, reptiles, bird eggs and tree frogs. Most captive toucans will also eat dog food. When they eat fruit, they swallow it whole, but then they spit out the seeds so then the seeds can grow.

 Females lay one to four eggs and each set of eggs is called a clutch. Toucans live in holes that are found in trees such as woodpecker’s holes. Unlike many other birds the toucan is not a good flier. It bursts out with flapping and then glides, but the toucan usually just hops around in trees.

The keel-billed toucan is one of the most common toucans found in Belize, and is also the 'National Bird of Belize', although there are several different types of toucans that can be found within the country.

Keel-billed Toucan