Today's animal of the day is the Keel-Billed Toucan; here are a few cool facts about the beautifully colored bird.
The Keel-Billed Toucan is best known for their green and red-tipped bills that make up a third of their bodies. They are found in South and Central America, where they live in groups in tree holes. This omnivorous forest bird is listed as near threatened by the IUCN.
Keel-Billed Toucans are black with a yellow neck and colorful bill. They molt once each year. This bird's most attractive feature is its colorful bills, mainly green with a red tip. Keel-Billed Toucan enjoys a fruity diet with a bit of insect whenever the opportunity arises.
- Keel-Billed Toucan's are native to Central and South America.
- Keel-Billed Toucan’s are not solitary animals; they can often be seen flying in groups of six to ten birds.
- They make their home in trees and can share one tree hole with several birds.
- A female Keel-Billed Toucan lays her clutch of eggs between 1-4 and shares the parental duties with the male Keel-Billed Toucan.
- Keel-Billed Toucan eggs hatch in 15 to 20 days. When the chicks hatch, they have no feathers, and their eyes are fused shut for three weeks.
- The Keel-Billed Toucan's bill may seem large and cumbersome, but it is, in fact, spongy and made up of hollow bone protected by a layer of keratin.
- Keel-Billed Toucan has blue feet, which are zygodactyl (feet with two toes facing forward and two facing backward). This structure allows them to balance on tree branches.