Keel Billed Toucan

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The Keel-billed Toucan can be found from Southern Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia. It roosts in the canopies of tropical, subtropical, and lowland rainforests, up to altitudes of 1,900 meters. It roosts in holes in trees, often with several other toucans. This can be very cramped, so the birds tuck their tails and beaks under their bodies to conserve space while sleeping. Adding to the lack of space, the bottoms of the holes are often covered with pits from the fruit the toucans have eaten.

Like many toucans, Keel-billed is a very social bird, rarely seen alone. It travels in small flocks of approximately six to twelve individuals through lowland rainforests; it is a poor flyer, and moves mostly by hopping through trees. It has a family structure within the group. Birds will often “duel” with each other using their bills, and throw fruit into each others mouths. Keel-billed Toucans live together in these groups, often sharing cramped living quarters of holes in trees.

Conservation Status: Least Concern
Least Concern - LC

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Here are a few fun facts:

  • Including its bill, the Keel-billed Toucans ranges in length from around 17 to 22 inches (42–55 cm).
  • Keel-billed toucans have zygodactyl feet (or feet with toes facing in different directions) – two toes face forward and two face back.
  • The diet of Keel-billed Toucans consists mostly of a wide range of fruit, but may also include insects, eggs, nestlings and small reptiles.

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