Toucan Facts for Kids

Toucan

Amaze and educate your kids by sharing fun and interesting facts about Toucans with them. With their colorful bills, these birds are interesting to see and learn about. Their exotic appearance is quite appealing to kids and adults alike.

Six Facts About Toucans

Learn a few interesting facts about toucans and share your newfound knowledge with your children, as well as other family members and friends.

1. Habitat

Toucans reside in the jungles of South America and Central America and live together in small-sized flocks made up of about five or six birds. They sleep in holes in trees and to make themselves smaller, roll up into balls.

2. Diet

Toucans eat both plant and animal foods. Their diet consists of:

Sitting toucan
  • Bird eggs
  • Insects
  • Fruit
  • Reptiles
  • Rodents
  • Other birds

3. Weight and Height

An average full-grown toucan weighs less than a pound - about 14 ounces or 400 grams. Full grown toucans are slightly less than two-feet long. From top to tail they are about 20 inches.

4. The Unique Toucan Bill

Toucan bill

Toucans have big bills. As a matter of fact, they have larger bills, in proportion to the size of their body, than any other birds. Toucans' bills average about eight inches in length. Studies suggest that a toucan's bill is so large because it helps to keep the bird cool in the warm climates where it lives. Since they are unable to sweat, they need their bills for air conditioning.

Toucans' bills are not solid. Instead, their structure is similar to a honeycomb, making the bills extremely light. Because toucans' bills are so light in weight, they can't be used for digging or fighting. The large bill does, however, allow them to sit in one spot and reach for food, which is a good thing since toucans don't like to move around much. They make use of length of their bills by digging into holes in trees and logs to grab prey. Toucans also can use their bills for camouflage.

Baby toucans are not born with large beaks; it takes several months for their beaks to reach full size.

5. Claws

Toucans have four claws: two on the front and two on the back, which allow them to cling to branches and balance on trees.

6. Toucan Predators

Jaguars and other big cats are natural predators of the toucan.

More Information About Toucans

Toco Toucan
Toco Toucan

Scientists have learned quite a lot about toucans or the Ramphastos sulfuratus, their scientific name. These noisy birds can live a long time; their life span is up to 20 years. Some other fun facts about the toucan are:

  • There are about 40 different species of toucans.
  • The most widely-recognized toucan is the Toco Toucan, which has a long, orange bill.
  • Female toucans lay two to four eggs every year.
  • Some people keep toucans as pets.These birds can make a great addition to the right homes.
  • Because these birds are so recognizable, they are popular mascots for products like Fruit Loops cereal.
  • Native populations in South America believe that toucans are able to provide a spiritual connection between the dead and the living.

Fascinating Creatures

Now that you know a little bit more about these brightly-colored birds, you can share your facts with your children so they to can come to understand and appreciate toucans. After all, toucans are fascinating creatures!

Toucan Facts for Kids