Birds

Keel-Billed Toucan

Keel-Billed Toucan – Ramphastos sulfuratus

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The Keel-billed Toucan also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan or Rainbow-billed Toucan, is a colorful Latin American member of the toucan family. It is the national bird of Belize.[2]

Including its bill, the Keel-billed Toucans ranges in length from around 42 to 55 cm (17 to 22 in).[3] Their large and colorful bill averages around 12–15 cm (4.7–5.9 in), about one-third of its length. It typically weighs about 380–500 g (13–18 oz).[4] While the bill seems large and cumbersome, it is in fact a spongy, hollow bone covered in keratin, a very light and hard protein.

The plumage of the Keel-billed Toucan is mainly black with a yellow neck and chest.They are very beautiful creatures. Molting occurs once per year.[5] It has blue feet and red feathers at the tip of its tail. The bill is mainly green with a red tip and orange sides.

Keel-billed toucans have zygodactyl feet (or feet with toes facing in different directions) – two toes face forward and two face back. Because toucans spend a large portion of time in the trees, this helps the birds to stay on the branches of the trees and jump from one branch to another.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keel-billed_Toucan

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