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Keel Billed Toucan

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A Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)
A Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)
Keel-billed Toucan (also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan and Rainbow-billed Toucan) at Belize Zoo
Keel-billed Toucan (also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan, Rainbow-billed Toucan)
The keel billed toucan is also known as the rainbow billed toucan because of the colourful bill that the keel billed toucan has. The keel billed toucan's bill can reach lengths of nearly 20cm long and is around one third of the length of the keel billed toucan's body.

The keel billed toucan's bill is one of the most colourful beaks in the bird world, and although it is more a green colour than anything else, the keel billed toucan's bill can be a mixture of green, red, yellow and orange in colour.

As with other species of toucan, the size of the keel billed toucan's bill does not affect the balance of the bird itself as it's bill is made out of a substance called keratin, which is extremely light but still very strong. Keratin is also the substance that makes up human hair and fingernails and can also be found in the teeth of many different animal species.

The keel billed toucan is native to the jungles of South America where it lives in holes in the trees, often with several other keel billed toucan individuals. In order to ensure that there is enough space for them all, the keel billed toucan group all sleep with their beak and tail tucked under their body to create more room for the other birds.

The keel billed toucan has a diet that primarily consists of large quantities of different varieties of fruit and berries. However, due to the surprising dexterity of the keel billed toucan's bill, the keel billed toucan also feasts on bird eggs, insects, lizards, and tree frogs should the keel billed toucan feel peckish and in the absence of fruit.

The keel billed toucan is an extremely sociable bird and is very rarely seen on it's own. As well as nesting together, the keel billed toucan travels in small flocks which usually contain between 6 and 15 keel billed toucan individuals. Despite what people think though, the keel billed toucan is not very good at flying and does most of its moving about by hopping between the tree branches.

A female keel billed toucan lays between 1 and 5 eggs in a hollow tree, which usually hatch within a few weeks. Both the male and female keel billed toucan incubate the eggs and both keel billed toucan parents also feed and look after their keel billed toucan chicks until they are old enough and strong enough to fend for themselves.

Large birds of prey and humans are the keel billed toucan's main predators. However, many other animal species prey on the eggs of the keel billed toucan such as other birds, weasels, snakes and the occasional monkey.

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Keel Billed Toucan Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Ramphastos Sulfuratus
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
42cm - 55cm (17in - 22in)
Wing Span:
The measurement from one wing tip to the other...
109cm - 152cm (43in - 60in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
2.1kg - 4kg (4.7lbs - 8.8lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
64km/h (39mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
15 - 20 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Red, Green, Yellow, Orange, Black
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Fruit
The specific area where the animal lives...
Lowland rainforest and tropical forest borders
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fruit, Eggs, Insects
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Weasels, Large Birds
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Small body and enormous colourful beak

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