Keel-billed Toucan

The Pamphastos sulphuratus (scientific name) or keel-billed toucan is found in tropical and sub-tropical lowland forests of Southern Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia. 17 to 22 inches in length, this bird has black plumage overall excepting its head, chin, and throat which are pale-yellow. The beak is extremely colourful with green at the base, and maroon at the tip of the upper mandible, and blue at the tip of the lower mandible. A small part near the base of the upper mandible is orange. It has green eye rings and zygodactyl feet. While its diet consists mostly of fruits, it also eats insects, nestlings, eggs, lizards and smaller birds. An average clutch has 1-4 eggs incubated for 15-20 days. Its IUCN listing is the LEAST CONCERN.

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