Tuesday, 21 September 2010

My Animal

Ramphastos sulfuratus, also known as the Keel-billed Toucan

Few Facts
  • The keel-billed Toucan is a South American bird with the most notable characteristic being its huge bill
  • It is a poor flyer and mostly moves by hopping around trees
  • It is the national bird of Belize
  • It's native home is the tropical rainforest.
  • It is a very social bird
  • It houses a feather-like tongue which catches food and flicks it down its throat
  • The beaks is light and hollow with thin rods of bone to support it
  • No one actually knows that the toucan's large beak is primarily used for, its speculation is to reach fruit or courtship

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