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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Posted on 25/02/2013 by Catherine
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