Sulphur Breasted Toucan

When courting, male and female toucans may toss fruits to each other, throwing and catching them in their beaks.


Sulphur breasted toucans have zygodactyl feet because they spend a large portion of time in the trees. This helps the birds to stay on the branches of the trees and hop from one branch to another.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

When courting, male and female toucans may toss fruits to each other, throwing and catching them in their beaks. Their bills are of a honeycomb construction, which makes it light and of no use as a weapon. They are tree-hole nesting birds and like many hole-nesting species, the eggs are white in colour and the chicks when they hatch are not well developed; they are not feathered and have closed eyes. The incubation period lasts around two weeks and the chicks’ eyes open three weeks after hatching. The young fledge the nest after a further three weeks.

Key Facts

Family:
Ramphastidae
Diet:
Fruit eating, but will take prey such as insects, eggs, small nestlings and small lizards.
Life Span:
20 years wild | 25 years captivity
Distribution:
Southern Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia.
Did you know?
Toucans are often compared to another family of tropical birds, the hornbills, but they are actually close relatives of woodpeckers!

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