Belize, part 9. Toucans.
The toucan is the national emblem of Belize.
A few toucan facts:-
– their huge beak is neither heavy nor strong
– their beak can be double their body size
– they are about the size of a crow (excepting the bill)
– their tongues are 6″ long
– they are usually found in pairs in tropical or sub-tropical climates
– unlike many other bird species, the male and female have no colour distinction
– they eat mostly fruit but will not only also eat small lizards and insects, they will plunder other birds’ nest and eat the eggs or the young
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– they nest in tree hollows, often ones created by woodpeckers
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