Fascinating facts about toucans (with stunning pictures)
If you think you know how toucans look, you're probably familiar only with the most popular species. Learn more about these beautiful birds with these surprising facts about toucans.
#1 There are 40 different species in the toucan family
The most popular one is known as the toco toucan or the giant toucan.
#2 This handsome birdie is a lettered aracari, one of the smallest toucans
An average aracari weighs around 130 g (4.6 oz) and is around 29 cm (11.5 inches) long.
#3 Some members of the family are known as toucanets: a northern emerald toucanet is in the picture
There are two genera of toucanets: green and dichromatic toucanets.
#4 All toucans are native to the Neotropical realm, which includes the tropical regions of the Americas
Most often toucans live in forests, but giant toucans are also found in open woodlands.
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#5 Most toucans can live to be 20 years old
The oldest known toucan lived in captivity for 26 years.
#6 In largest species, the bill can be as long as the rest of their body
The bill is a powerful thermoregulation device and a perfect tool to reach fruit, the main part of toucans' diet. Despite its impressive size, the bill is very light, but strong enough to use it for defense.
#7 Toucans are funny and smart:
Have you ever seen a toucan? Which of these toucan facts did you like the most? Do you know any other interesting stuff about these adorable birds?
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