Toucan birds are tropical birds native to Central America, South America and The Caribbean, best known for their very large and colourful bills.
The Fruit Loops cereal mascot who says “follow your nose!” is a Toucan, Toucan Sam to be exact and the rendition is pretty close. There are over 40 different species under Toucan, their sizes and look may very, but their lives are very much similar.
This is due to their ability to adapt to different environments and food sources. Because of their coloring, they enjoy being well camouflaged from potential predators which include other big birds, big cats and sometimes rats and snakes although, these animals more often enjoy Toucan eggs than Toucans.
Toucan birds range in size from the Lettered Aracari (Pteroglossus inscriptus), at 130 g (4.6 oz) and 29 cm (11.5 inches), to the Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco), at 680 g (1.5 lbs) and 63 cm (25 inches).
The bodies of toucan birds are short (of comparable size to a crow’s) and thick. The tail is rounded, and varies in length from half the length to the whole length of the body.
Their neck is short and thick.The legs of a toucan are strong and rather short. Their toes of toucan birds are arranged in pairs with the first and fourth toes turned backward. Males and females are the same colour
Toucans birds, toucanets, and aracaris are reasonably hardy birds. They do have a life span of approximately 20 years, and the record is 26. If obtained free of serious disease they should have peace and long life.
The feathers in the genus containing the largest toucans are generally black, with touches of white, yellow, and scarlet. The underparts of the araçaris (smaller toucans) are yellow, crossed by one or more black or red bands, and the edges of the beak are saw-toothed. The toucanets have mostly green plumage with blue markings.