The Toucan of Timbavati Wildlife Park
Greetings friends and welcome to Toucan Week! I am excited about this week because as a kid, Fruit Loops were a favorite dish cereal. I couldn’t have told you what a eurasian owl or tawny eagle were, but I could definitely tell you what a toucan was, just follow my nose!
Standing at 25 inches the Toco Toucan is the largest of the species. Its beak is about 8 inches long as well so it isn’t a little bird. A penguin has pink areas around the eyes that allow it to regulate body temperature, a toucan uses its beak in the same fashion, tucking it when it’s asleep to keep warm.
For a Toucan, It’s On The Menu
Toucans are omnivores who love fruit but will also eat insects, frogs, reptiles, and sometimes even eggs of other birds.
These birds are better hoppers than they are flyers doing more to hop around the canopy than they do flying, they pretty much are great gliders! This resident of South America enjoys a habitat of tropical forests and savannas living in the trees and nesting in holes in the trees.
A female lays 2-4 eggs a year and both parents share in the incubation duties. The incubation period for a clutch of eggs is around 20 days. The next time you’re in Timbavati Wildlife Park, stop down in the interaction area and check out our toucans!