Latest Toucans Stories

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.

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.

2009-07-24 10:40:11

The toucan's large bill helps it release heat when the colorful bird's body becomes too warm, researchers at Canada's Brock University said. Scientists, including Charles Darwin, traditionally believed the toucan's bill helped attract mates, peel fruit or act as territorial weapons and visual warnings to predators, Brock researcher Glenn Tattersall said in a release Thursday. The toucan has the largest bill of any bird, relative to body size, its bill comprising about one-third of its total...

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.

Latest Toucans Reference Libraries

Fiery-billed Aracari, Pteroglossus frantzii
2009-06-16 18:59:40

The Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii) is a species of toucan that is found on the Pacific slopes of southern Costa Rica and western Panama. Its binomial name commemorates the German naturalist Alexander von Frantzius. Its habitat is lowland forests and clearings. The Fiery-billed Aracari has bright markings and a large bill, like other toucans. The adult is about 17 inches long and weighs 8.8 ounces. Sexes are similar in appearance. The head and chest are black and the...

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...

2009-04-14 16:41:32

The Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus) is a species of toucan that is found from southern Mexico to Panama; also Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. Its breeding habitat is lowland forests and slightly more open woodland. The adult is about 16.2 inches in length and weighs 8.1 ounces. It has a black head and chest and dark olive-green upperparts. The rump and upper tail is red. There is a reddish collar on the rear neck which give this bird its English and scientific names. The...

2009-04-14 16:25:13

The Chestnut-eared Aracari (Pteroglossus castanotis) is a species of bird belonging to the Toucan and Aracari family Ramphastidae. It is native to central and south-eastern South America. The actual range of this species is the southern Amazon Basin, especially the southwestern of this region. It is also found in the eastern Andean foothills. A narrow range extends into central-southern Colombia by 550 miles. The southern Amazon Basin range narrows in the southeast to only the upstream...

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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