Saturday, January 29, 2011

Keel-Billed Toucan

Keel-billed Toucans can be found in Southern Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia.  They roost in the canopies of tropical and subtropical lowland rainforests.  They make their homes in holes of trees, often living with several other toucans.  When the living space gets too crowded, they tuck their tails and beaks under their bodies while sleeping.

 Like many toucans, Keel-billed Toucans are very social, very playful birds. They travel in small flocks of six to twelve individuals through lowland rainforests.  They are considered poor flyers, so they move mostly by hopping around from tree to tree.

They have a family structure within their group. They will often be seen "dueling" with each other using their bills, and throwing fruit into each other's mouths. They are rarely seen alone.

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