Toco Toucan

Theme area:  La Hondonada
Scientific name:  Ramphastos toco
Class:  Birds
Continent:  South America
Habitat:  Tropical forest
Diet:  Frugivorous
Weight:  592 - 760 gr
Size:  60 - 62 cm
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The Toco Toucan is native to Argentina, Peru, French Guiana, Bolivia, Paraguay, Suriname and Brazil. Its native habitat is very wide due to its frugivorous diet and the availability and abundance of seasonal fruits.

It is the largest species in the toucan family and has the largest beak relative to body size of any bird.

It has what appears to be a blue iris, but is actually a thin layer of skin surrounding the eye that is surrounded by an orange ring of skin.

It nests in tree hollows, laying 2-4 eggs that hatch in 15-18 days. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs.

Conservation Status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The mating process involves potential mating partners throwing fruit to each other.
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