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2011-07-29 09:30:41

Nutmeg-loving toucans wearing GPS transmitters recently helped a team of scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama address an age-old problem in plant ecology: accurately estimating seed dispersal. The tracking data revealed what scientists have long suspected: toucans are excellent seed dispersers, particularly in the morning. Also, for the first time, the data enabled researchers to create a map of the relative patterns and distances that toucans distribute the...

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2010-06-23 09:30:04

The evolution of bird bills is related to climate according to latest research by the University of Melbourne, Australia and Brock University, Canada. By examining bill sizes of a diverse range of bird species around the world, researchers have found that birds with larger bills tend to be found in hot environments, whilst birds in colder environments have evolved smaller bills. The study led by Dr Matt Symonds of the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne and Dr Glenn...

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2009-07-24 06:15:00

The toucan's large, colorful, iconic beak actually has a surprising purpose: it cools down the bird's body. According to an Associated Press report, the bill of the Toco Toucan comprises one-third of its body measurement lengthwise and ornithologists have long pondered over the reason for the appendage. Several scientists wondered if the beak was used to attract mates. Perhaps it is used to peel and tear apart fruit. Maybe the beak is used as a weapon, or, a word of warning to other toucans....


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Toco Toucan, Ramphastos toco
2009-06-16 18:30:32

The Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) is a species of bird that is found in semi-open habitats through much of central and eastern South America. It occurs in north and eastern Bolivia, southeastern Peru, northern Argentina, central Paraguay, and parts of southern Brazil. There are scattered populations along the lower Amazon River as well. It will only enter the deep Amazon where there are relatively open areas. It is mostly resident with some localized movements. It has a wide range of habitats...

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2009-04-07 14:57:16

The Red-breasted Toucan (Ramphastos dicolorus), also known as the Green-billed Toucan, is a species of bird found in southern and eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and far northeastern Argentina. It is a fairly common species and is considered to be of Least Concern by the IUCN. This bird is one of the smallest species of Ramphastos toucans, weighing only 12.33 ounces. It also has one of the shortest beaks of the Ramphastos toucans (4 inches). The Red-breasted Toucan gets its name from the...

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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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