The Keel Billed Toucan is one of the most amazingly shaped birds in the world, living in the forests of Central and South America. Their scientific name is Ramphastos sulphuratus.
They have an extremely large beak, which can be up to 20cm long and colorful.
Their beak is a mix of green, red and yellow.
With the length of a part of the body, the beak of the Toucan bird resembles two colorful boats facing each other.
This impressive beak is a tool to attract females during the breeding season and also a weapon of self-defense against predators.
Studies show that the Toucan bird’s beak contains many blood vessels, allowing them to adjust the amount of blood to the beak at all times of the surrounding environment, so experts used infrared cameras – capable of temperature variation detection – to monitor the temperature at the surface of the Toucan beak.
When the weather is cold, the Toucan bird reduces the amount of blood to the beak to maintain body temperature and in return it will cool down the body, cooling down quickly by increasing the amount of blood to the beak. They were surprised when they concluded: “The Toucan beak is like a body temperature regulator.”
After all, elephants use their big ears to fan their bodies. The same goes for rabbits. So why don’t we try to think that the large beak of the Toucan bird has the same effect at first!” — evolutionary physiologist Glenn J. Tattersall, lead researcher at Brock University, said.
The plumage on the body is black, and the neck and chest are yellow.
The boat-billed Toucan” lives in the hollow of a tree. They often form small families, eating fruit and large insects.
This bird has a rather loud call. They often cry loudly in the forest, so they are also nicknamed “the talkative bird”.
The main food of Toucan birds is fruits, insects, eggs and reptiles.
Besides, although it is a bit short, its legs are extremely strong.
The Toucan currently sells for about $5,000, even climbing to $10,000 if it has a beautiful beak.