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Photo of a Toucan perched on the edge of a small tree trunk

Keel-Billed Toucan

Scientific Name:  Ramphastos sulfuratus

Distribution:   South and Central America and 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.

 

Distinguishable from other pet birds by its shockingly large bill, toucans make unique pets. Often more active than parrots, these softbills require a lot of space and need a specially-formulated low-iron diet.

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