The Toucan is widely known bird species found in tropical forests from Southern Mexico to South America. The largest population of toucans can be found in the Amazon Rainforest. It is the most well-known bird in the Ecuadorian Rainforest, perhaps because of its large yellow-orange beak, with 20 cm of length, you can’t possibly miss it! There are over 40 species of Toucans in South America.
The toucans are graced with bright colors, while their black body gives them a special elegant touch. Their necks are white, while their eye-area is blue. Although their beaks are usually yellow-orange in color, they can also be green, blue, red, or even black. Now isn’t that interesting? The Toucan’s tongue is as long as it’s beak. It grows to be just a bit over 60 cm and can live up to 20 years.
The Rainforest is the ideal habitat for the Toucan as it lives in holes they form in the trunks of tropical rainforest trees. Their diet consists of fruits, nuts, berries, and even tiny insects. Apart from the fact they are easily visible because of their colorful beak, they are also easily identified in the wild, because of the high-pitched sound. Their shrieks can be heard up to 1 kilometer in distance.
This beautiful animal is highly appreciated and admired among the indigenous communities of the Amazon. It is considered to be a conduit between humans and the spirit world.