Keel-billed Toucan

Keel-billed Toucan, Rainbow-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)

The keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) is a colorful Central and South American bird. It is but one species of birds collectively known as toucans that live in rainforests.

The most striking feature of these birds and all toucans are their large and colorful beaks.

Keel billed toucans feed mainly on fruits, but will also eat insects, small animals, and bird eggs.

They roost in hollow trees and you'll often find them at the edges of the forest in search of fruit.

They are social birds and tend to congregate in small groups.

Males and females look identical except that males may be slightly larger than the females.

This species is not endangered, but is considered threatened because its habitat is continually being destroyed.

The numbers of wild keel billed toucans are also dwindling because they are popular in the pet trade. Captive breeding of these birds not common. It has happened, but not on a regular basis.

In addition, these birds don't live as long in captivity as they do in the wild. In the wild they may live for twenty years or more.