Beak of the Week: Keel-billed Toucan

The uniquely beautiful and splendid qualities of birds never seize to amaze me! When I look at the Keel-billed Toucan, and compare it to, well, almost any other bird, I am endlessly boggled and surprised by how amazing the avian world is in its diversity. The unique silhouette of the largest Mexican Toucan, coupled with its radiant and striking plumage makes this quirky bird a true stand out…

Keel-billed Toucan, Ramphastos sulfuratus

Common Name: Keel-billed Toucan; Rainbow-billed Toucan; Sulfur-breasted Toucan

Latin Name: Ramphastos sulfuratus

Range: Southern Mexico to northern Columbia.

Habitat: Tropical and subtropical rainforests; lowland forests.

Diet: Mainly fruit, but also insects, eggs, and small reptiles.

Conservation Status: Threatened due to deforestation

Keel Billed Toucan, from Central America.

“Tou” Toucan facts!

  • The Keel-billed Toucan is the national bird of Belize
  • Toucans have a loud frog like call that can be heard up to half a mile away in the rainforest.

Happy Birding!

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