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Fun Facts for Kids
- The Keel-billed toucan is the national bird of Belize.
- The bill of toucans seems large and cumbersome but it is in fact a spongy, hollow bone covered in keratin, a very light and hard protein.
- Keel-billed toucans have zygodactyl feet (or feet with toes facing in different directions) - two toes face forward and two face back. Because toucans spend a large portion of time in the trees, this helps them to stay on the branches of the trees and jump from one branch to another.
- The bill of the Keel-billed toucan is surprisingly dexterous and allows the bird to utilize a large variety of fruit that might not otherwise be reached. When eating the fruit, the toucan uses its bill to dissect the fruit and then tosses its head back to swallow the fruit whole.
- When Keel-billed toucans roost in tree holes with several other toucans this can be very cramped, so the birds tuck their tails and beaks under their bodies to conserve space while sleeping. Adding to the lack of space, the bottoms of the holes where toucans sleep are often covered with pits from the fruit the birds have eaten.
The keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus ), also known as sulfur-breasted toucan or rainbow-billed toucan, is a colorful Latin American member of the toucan family. It is the national bird of Belize. The species is found in tropical jungles from southern Mexico to Colombia. It is an omnivorous forest bird that feeds on fruits, seeds, insects, invertebrates, lizards, snakes, and small birds and their eggs.
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