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Monday, August 15, 2016

Red-breasted Toucan

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The red-breasted toucan or green-billed toucan is a South American toucan that occurs naturally throughout central, southern and eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and far north-eastern Argentina. It inhabits Atlantic forests.

The Red-breasted Toucan's name is derived from the large area of red feathers found on its belly, while its chest is orangy-yellow with yellow sides.

The bill is mostly pale green and this toucan is, therefore, sometimes referred to as the Green-billed Toucan.

Like all of their other activities, nesting happens high up in hollow areas in trees. The bill is not effective for digging or any other type of extensive excavation work and so they must rely on holes already formed by other means. The nests are not lined, but the two to four shiny white eggs that are laid each year rest on a few wood chips created while enlarging the opening or on various kinds of regurgitated seeds collected for this purpose. Parents share equally in incubation duties, but rarely sit on the nest for more than an hour at a time and the eggs are often left uncovered. Both parents share in feeding fruit to the babies for up to 8 weeks.

Did you know?
Babies have pads on their elbows that protect their feet by keeping them elevated until they fledge.

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