- Toucans are renown for their large colorful bills. At 8 inches (20 cm) they have the longest bill of any bird in the world in relation to their body size 25 in (63.5 cm).
- Despite its size, the toucan’s bill is very light as it is made of keratin (like human hair) in a honeycomb-like structure. It is believed to be this large in order to keep the bird cool in the hot climates it lives in.
- This does mean the toucan’s bill is not very strong, so it can’t be used for digging or fighting like other bird beaks.
- Toucan’s have long narrow tongues up to 15 cm (6 in) long.
What do they eat and drink?
Toucans use their beak to peel and eat different kinds of fruit, which happens to be the kind of food they eat most often.Toucans get most of their water from the fruit they eat, so they don’t need too much. Fruit is very high in moisture and water content, and since this makes up most of the toucan’s diet, water by itself is not vital.