Birds

 

Toco Toucan

Ramphastos toco


Class Aves   Ramphastos toco
Order Piciformes
Distribution Argentina, Peru, French Guiana, Bolivia, Paraguay, Suriname and Brazil
Habitat Dry semi-open areas, including woodland, savanna and plantations, as well as other regions that consist of scattered trees
Conservation Status Listed under Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Behaviour Toco toucans are recognised as the largest species in the toucan family and flaunt the biggest beak in regard to body size of all birds. Toco toucans are very social birds and live in flocks of approximately six members. This species is very mobile due to the constant change of available fruits in regions of their geographic range. Although the bright colours of their beak successfully camouflage this species in the forest's canopy, their noisy vocalisations seem to defeat the purpose of their camouflage.

 

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