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Toco Toucan

Toco Toucan
The Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco), also known as the Common Toucan or Toucan, is the largest and probably the best known species in the toucan family. It is found in semi-open habitats throughout a large part of central and eastern South America. It occurs in northern and eastern Bolivia, extreme south-eastern Peru, northern Argentina, eastern and central Paraguay, eastern and southern Brazil (excluding southern Rio Grande do Sul, the dry regions dominated by Caatinga vegetation and coastal regions between Ceará and Rio de Janeiro). Other disjunct populations occur along the lower Amazon River (Ilha de Marajó west approximately to the Madeira River), far northern Brazil in Roraima, and coastal regions of the Guianas. It only penetrates the Amazon in relatively open areas (e.g. along river corridors). It is resident, but local movements may occur. The Toco Toucan eats fruit using its bill to pluck them from trees, but also insects, frogs, small reptiles, small birds and their eggs and nestlings. It also has been known to capture and eat small adult birds in captivity. The long bill is useful for reaching things that otherwise would be out-of-reach. It is also used to skin fruit and scare off predators. Taken at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. No processing or touch-ups.

Gérard B, ucumari photography (Valerie Abbott), William Sutherland, Jeanne and 7 other people have particularly liked this photo

10 comments - The latest ones
Kris W (Formerly kmw1018 on Flickr)
Kris W (Formerly kmw…
Many thanks!
4 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Lovely bird!
4 years ago.
Great! These guys are so photogenic.
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Amazing shot.
4 years ago.
Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
Great looking bird! The beak looks leathery. Do you know if is is or is it hard?
4 years ago.
Kris W (Formerly kmw… has replied to Jim Boynton
Up close it looks like a hard shell
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Wonderful shot!
4 years ago.
ucumari photography (Valerie Abbott)
ucumari photography…
Excellent capture! I know how hard those huts are to get a good quality photo like this.
Heading to SHWP in a couple weeks, can't wait!
4 years ago.
Diko G W
Diko G W
Wow simply wonderful
4 years ago.
Kris W (Formerly kmw1018 on Flickr)
Kris W (Formerly kmw…
Thanks all!
3 years ago.