Endangered ToucanBY EARTHFIRST
Toucans are found in South American rainforests, they have an important role in the eco system dispersing seeds from fruits and berries. They also feed on small birds, bugs and reptiles.
These iconic birds are very popular pets, and many are captured to supply demand for this trade. The deforestation of South Americans rainforests has destroyed their habitats and as a result they are listed as endangered.
Toucans are one of the noisiest jungle birds. THey use their vocalness to communicate with other Toucans to warn them of predators, scare off enemies and communicate with each other across large distances.
Believe it or not their bright colors actually provide good camouflage in the dappled light of the rain forest canopy. They nest in tree holes, and usually have two to four eggs each year, which both parents care for. Young toucans do not have a large bill at birth - it grows as they develop and does not become full size for several months.
Other interesting facts about toucans:
- There are around 40 different types of toucans.
- Average lifespan is 20 years.
- Toucans live in small flocks of about six birds.
- They are not good flyers and get around mostly by hopping around trees.