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Encyclopedia > Tucan
Keel-billed Toucan
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Ramphastidae


Toucans (in Portuguese: Tucano, Spanish: Tucán) are tropical near passerine birds from South America. They are brightly marked and have enormous colourful bills.

Toucans are fructivorous (fruit-eating), but will take insects and other small prey. They are arboreal and nest in tree holes laying 2–4 white eggs.

Toucans do not migrate.

Species list

  • Aulacorhynchus
    • Emerald Toucanet, Aulacorhynchus prasinus
    • Groove-billed Toucanet, Aulacorhynchus sulcatus
    • Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Aulacorhynchus derbianus
    • Crimson-rumped Toucanet, Aulacorhynchus haematopygus
    • Yellow-browed Toucanet, Aulacorhynchus huallagae
    • Blue-banded Toucanet, Aulacorhynchus coeruleicinctis
  • Pteroglossus
    • Lettered Aracari, Pteroglossus inscriptus
    • Green Aracari, Pteroglossus viridis
    • Red-necked Aracari, Pteroglossus bitorquatus
    • Ivory-billed Aracari, Pteroglossus azara
    • Brown-mandibled Aracari, Pteroglossus mariae
    • Chestnut-eared Aracari, Pteroglossus castanotis
    • Black-necked Aracari, Pteroglossus aracari
    • Collared Aracari, Pteroglossus torquatus
    • Fiery-billed Aracari, Pteroglossus frantzii
    • Stripe-billed Aracari, Pteroglossus sanguineus
    • Pale-mandibled Aracari, Pteroglossus erythropygius
    • Many-banded Aracari, Pteroglossus pluricinctus
    • Curl-crested Aracari, Pteroglossus beauharnaesii
  • Baillonius
    • Saffron Toucanet, Baillonius bailloni
  • Andigena
    • Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Andigena laminirostris
    • Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Andigena hypoglauca
    • Hooded Mountain Toucan, Andigena cucullata
    • Black-billed Mountain Toucan, Andigena nigrirostris
  • Selenidera
    • Yellow-eared Toucanet, Selenidera spectabilis
    • Golden-collared Toucanet, Selenidera reinwardtii
    • Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Selenidera nattereri
    • Guianan Toucanet, Selenidera culik
    • Spot-billed Toucanet, Selenidera maculirostris
    • Gould's Toucanet, Selenidera gouldii
  • Ramphastos
    • Keel-billed Toucan, Ramphastos sulfuratus
    • Choco Toucan, Ramphastos brevis
    • Citron-throated Toucan, Ramphastos citreolaemus
    • Yellow-ridged Toucan, Ramphastos culminatus
    • Channel-billed Toucan, Ramphastos vitellinus
    • Red-breasted Toucan, Ramphastos dicolorus
    • Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, Ramphastos swainsonii
    • Black-mandibled Toucan, Ramphastos ambiguus
    • Red-billed Toucan, Ramphastos tucanus
    • Cuvier's Toucan, Ramphastos cuvieri
    • Toco Toucan, Ramphastos toco

Keel-billed Toucan

Toucans in advertising

Toucans were used to advertise Guinness stout, and many collectables such as postcards and models with Guinness toucans on may be found. Toucan Sam is the mascot of Kellogg's Fruit Loops cereal.

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