Toco toucan

Zoo Location: Avian Breeding Centre
 Toco toucan

Coastal forest edges, stream sides, scrub and plantations.

Wild Diet

Forages in small groups eating fruit, insects, young birds and eggs.


Unlike other toucan species, toco toucans spend more time in open habitats. Despite their clumsy appearance, they can be very agile, using their large beaks to get fruits and other food that would otherwise be out-of-reach.


Toco toucans lay 2 to 4 eggs in a natural tree hollow or river bank hole. Both parents incubate and rear the young, which fledge at around 50 days.


The toco toucan is not currently threatened. Its preference for open habitat means it is not as affected by the wide spread deforestation in South America.

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  • Latin Name: Ramphastos toco
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Ramphastidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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