Toco Toucan ( Ramphastos toco )
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Toco toucan is the largest bird of all toucans. Its length is up to 53 cm (21 inches). It has got an unchangeable coloration and a spectacular shaped bill. Its body is mostly black-colored with a white bib and there is a red color around its vent. Its wings are dark colored with blue shades. Around the eye there is a blue coloration with yellow feathers. Its unique and long bill enables it to grasp and eat fruit even from the end of the branches. Its huge bill can be also used as a useful protection against enemies. It has got yellow color with shades of red and orange whereas the base is dark. Its fringed tongue enables it to swallow food quite easily.
Ramphastos toco is distributed in South America in Guyana, Surinam, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and northern Argentina. There it inhabits forests, savannas but also town areas, where plenty of fruit is found. It lives in hollows in trees.
Toco toucan feeds on fruit such as berries, invertebrates and it also raids nests of other birds. In comparison to other members of the family they tend to live in smaller groups. They usually lay two white eggs. They create a very unique sound which sounds similar to deep snoring.