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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 05, 2021

Amaze-wing Facts About The Toco Toucan For Kids

Interesting Toco Toucan facts for kids about a friendly bird with a bright, colorful bill

The Toco Toucan, a giant bird of the toucan family, is the most commonly sighted bird in open and semi-open habitats of Eastern and Central South America. It is famous for its large bill, which is prominent from the rest of the species of the toucans. Its bill occupies one-third of the bird's total body length and is mainly a honeycomb of keratin, supported by thin bones.

The scientific name of this bird is Ramphastos toco. They nest in hollows created and abandoned by woodpeckers. This Toco Toucans' beak enhances the bird's beauty, but it is not efficient to warn or fight against predators. Studies indicate that the Toco bird's bill is efficient in regulating body heat due to its ability to modify blood flow. Though the population is declining due to threats like deforestation and pet trading, their ability to survive on open habitats is believed to preserve their population.

If the above article interests you, read on for interesting facts about the Toco Toucan. You may like our articles on birds of paradise and bee-eater facts.

Toco Toucan Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Toco Toucan?

The Toco Toucan species is one of the loudest birds in the world. It is the largest and most prominent species in the toucan family. It is also known as Common Toucan and Giant Toucan. It is visibly found in Central And Eastern South America.

What class of animal does a Toco Toucan belong to?

This Ramphastidae family species is an Ave, and it belongs to Aves class.

How many Toco Toucans are there in the world?

Though the exact number is unknown, the total number of this Ramphastos toco is believed to exceed more than 10,000 matured individuals, accounting for its wide range and pretty fair presence of the species in its natural habitats within their geographic range. They are endemic to countries like Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, and studies show a correlation between the availability of a wide range of fruits in these countries, which are a prime source of their diet, and the distribution of the Toco Toucans population.

Where does a Toco Toucan live?

This bird of Toucan species lives in the woods, savanna, tropical rainforest, and scrub forests. It is mainly found in Central America and South America.

What is a Toco Toucan's habitat?

Unlike other toucans, the Ramphostos is not essentially a forest species. It can establish itself on semi-open habitats like woodland, savanna, an open domain like scattered trees, wooden gardens, plantations, and forest outlines.

Who do Toco Toucans live with?

Toco Toucans are social birds. They live and move in a flock of six birds or pairs.

How long does a Toco Toucan live?

The average life span of the Toco Toucan Ramphastos is 18 years and 26 years is the maximum lifespan registered.

How do they reproduce?

The Toucan Toco chooses hollows of trees (mostly created and left behind by woodpeckers) for nesting. Spring is the breeding season of this species of Toucans. After mating, the female bird lays two to four eggs in the nest, placed high on the tree. Both the parent birds breed the eggs for 16-20 days, and once the eggs hatch, they further continue to take care of the hatchlings for the next six to eight weeks. The baby toco is not born with a huge bill. The size of the bill increases as they grow in size and age.

What is their conservation status?

Due to the ability to establish themselves in open habitats in their geographical range, the Toco Toucans are common for sighting; hence their status is marked as Least Concern.

Toco Toucan Fun Facts

What do Toco Toucans look like?

The Toco Toucans look like any other Toucan species except for the difference in their length and huge beak. The tongue of this bird is as long as the beak. Their body is covered with layers of feathers, and the tail of the bird has black upper tail coverts and red under tail coverts.

Fun facts about the Toco Toucan.

How cute are they?

The Toco Toucan sighting is a treat to the eye. The blackbird has its whole body covered with black and dark bluish feathers, blue and orange layered eyes, a white throat, and predominantly its huge bill with a mix of orange, red, yellow colors, and black at the base. These birds are very cute.

How do they communicate?

The Toucan Ramphastos toco does have a conversation. Their talk is loudly audible in the form of a deep course croaking sound like a frog or a rattling sound repetitively. Apart from expressing themselves through these loud sounds, they also cluck with their large bill to make sharp sounds.

How big is a Toco Toucan?

These birds are the largest birds of the Toucan species, and this oversized Toco can be six times heavier and twice as long as normal ones.

How fast can a Toco Toucan fly?

The toucans cannot fly despite having wings. Due to their tiny size, they hop to travel distance between trees, and when they fly for shorter distances, they flap their wings aggressively and glide.

How much does a Toco Toucan weigh?

In this species of toucans, males are heavier than females. The weight of a female bird 1.3 lb (576 g) and the average weight of a male toucan is 1.6 lb ( 723 g).

What are their male and female names of the species?

The male and female birds are called male Toco Toucan and female Toco Toucan.

What would you call a baby Toco Toucan?

The baby Toucan Toco is called a juvenile.

What do they eat?

Their diet mainly consists of various fruits that they pluck and peel with their large bill. They also feed on frogs, small birds, small reptiles, and insects. They are highly sensitive to iron-rich foods.

Are they dangerous?

The Toucans, in general, are friendly in nature and do not harm humans.

Would they make a good pet?

The Toucans can make excellent pets, as they are cute, fun-loving, and intelligent birds and love to play and talk with their owners.

Did you know...

Some Toco Toucan interesting facts for kids are given here!

The large bill of the Toco birds is a network of superficial blood vessels. They practice placing their bills under the wings to reduce heat loss during sleep. The Toco Toucans have a unique way of swallowing food. Instead of using their tongue, they use their beak and project the food by leaning their head back at an angle of 180 degrees. Thus the food particles directly reach their pharynx.

The Toco Toucans are interested in having conversations with their pet owners. They like to sit on their shoulders and interact with humans in a friendly manner.

Despite its large bill and camouflage nature, the Toco Toucan bird cannot sometimes escape from its predators, like jaguars, eagles, and coatis of Nasua and Nasuella species.

How has the Toco Toucan adapted to its environment?

The rainforest is an excellent Toco Toucan habitat, as, unlike other birds, these toucans can camouflage with their bright colors and hide amongst plants. They live in holes inside the trees so they can tuck themselves away in these holes. As they are herbivores, their diet includes a variety of fruits. Hence they can survive on these forest trees.

Do people keep Toco Toucans as pets?

As the Toco is cute and cuddly, these birds can be retained as pets. The Toco Toucan price can be as much as $6000. However, pet trading is one of the major causes for the decline of their population.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created many interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds, including umbrellabird, or blue-and-yellow macaw.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Toco Toucan coloring pages.

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