Keel-billed toucan

Keel billed toucan:

keel billed toucan

Keel-billed toucan is large South American bird. It belongs to the family of toucan. Keel-billed toucan is also known as the Rainbow Billed Toucan. It is the national bird of Belize. Its scientific name is  Ramphastos sulfuratus. It favorite food is fruits. It can reach length of 20 cm long.

Habitat:

The keel billed toucan is native to the jungles of South America where it lives in holes in the trees, often with several other keel billed toucan individuals.  The keel billed toucan sleep with their beak and tail tucked under their body in order to create more room for other birds.

keel billed toucan

Food:

The keel-billed toucan diet primarily consists of large quantities of different varieties of fruit and berries. The keel-billed toucan also feasts on birds egg, lizards, insects and tree frogs in the absence of food.

Bleeding season:

A female keel billed toucan lays from 1 to 5 eggs in a hollow tree  which usually hatch within a few weeks. Both the male and female keel billed toucan incubate the eggs and both keel billed toucan parents also feed and  look after their keel billed toucan chicks until they are old enough and strong enough to fend for themselves.

keel billed toucan

Facts:
  • Natural enemies of keel-billed toucans are birds of prey and humans. Snakes, monkeys, weasels and other birds prey on eggs.
  • Keel-billed toucan can reach 17 to 22 inches in height and 4.7 to 8.8 pounds of weight.
  • Keel-billed toucan is not very good flyer. It moves mostly via hopping (from branch to branch).
  • Keel-billed toucan lives in the tree holes together with 5 to 6 other birds. They all sleep with bills tucked under the body to make room for other birds in the group.
  • Keel-billed toucans use loud, frog-like calls (that can be heard 0.5 mile away) for communication.
  • Keel-billed toucan can survive 15 to 20 years in the wild.

keel billed toucan

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