Scientific Name: Ramphastos sulfuratus
Distribution: South & Central America, the Caribbean
Weight: 130-680 g
Size: 12 - 22 inches in length
Distinct Markings: Toucans are distinguished by large, colorful, yet lightweight bills. The color of the bill may be black, blue, brown, green, red, white, yellow or a combination of colors. The bright colors on his bill help to attract a mate. Toucans also have a narrow, feather-like tongue. They can be noisy birds with their calls sounding harsh and raspy.
There are more than 40 different species of toucan. The keel-billed toucan is the national bird of Belize, or “bill bird” as it is known locally. Often more active than parrots, these softbills require a lot of space and need a specially-formulated low-iron diet.
Keep in mind that before purchasing a toucan, you will need to find out if it’s legal in your state and then file for a permit.