Toucans is like a woodpeckers – with a long and narrow tongue and feather-like – but they are actually not the same! How to know the difference?
Let’s give knowledge to children the most well-known tropical bird with extraordinary large beak “All About Toucans” with Bali Safari Park!
A Large Beak or Bill
Why does their bill is four-times size of its head and nearly as long as the rest of its body? The answer is to attract potential mates and scaring away predators.
Some saying it’s also an adaptation to reach food way out at the ends of branches. It is because the branches not strong enough to hold the bird itself.
The Meaning of “Toucans”
The word “toucan” comes from the sound they makes! It combine their extensive vocal calls with tapping and clattering sounds from their bill.
Many toucans make barking, croaking, and growling sounds, and mountain toucans make braying sounds like those of a donkey. Females generally have a higher voice than the males.
Where is their Habitat?
Toucans spend lives high in the rainforest canopies of Central and South America – seldom make trips to the forest floor.
Home for the toucan is a nest in a hollowed-out tree cavity. You might thought it seem odd that a bird with such a large-bill would choose a small and enclosed space. But they have their own way to getting comfortable bending their body like a tidy ball of feathers.
The Biggest Threat to Toucans is Habitat Loss
As the rainforests are being cut down by humans, all of the wildlife that live there are losing their homes. Including the toucans that are captured for the pet trade or souvenir. The yellow-browed toucans is the only one to be listed as endangered, and others are becoming threatened. They also still being hunt in parts of Central America and the Amazon region.