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(Ramphastos toco)

The Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco). The Toco toucan is the largest of all the toucans, weighing in at 700 grams. It has a beak nearly ten inches long, which it deftly uses to pick small fruits and berries from bushes and trees. The Toco is not only the largest toucan, but it is the most widespread in the wild, having a range that incorporates most of Brazil, and parts of northern Argentina, eastern Peru, and southern Guyana and Surinam.

Baby Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) – Jerry Jennings’ Emerald Forest Bird Gardens The Toco toucan has been bred in captivity for a number of years, and is considered a magnificent display bird in zoos, and is widely enjoyed as an excellent pet.

Aviculture: Outdoor flights should be at least 8′ x 12′ x 6′ for the larger toucans. Toucans may be a bit pugnacious with other species in their family and with smaller birds, and therefore should not be housed with different birds in small enclosures or cages.

Toucans are frugivorous birds, whose primary diet is fruit. In the wild they consume fruits from as many as 100 species of plants and trees. They also consume a variety of insects for protein, especially during their nesting cycle.