The Keel-billed Toucan: The National Bird Of Belize

The Keel-billed Toucan: The National Bird Of Belize

The Keel-billed Toucan: The National Bird Of Belize

The Keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) is a colorful bird with a long beak and is the national bird of Belize(Country in Central America).

The keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), also known as the sulfur-breasted toucan or rainbow-billed toucan, is a colorful Latin American member of the toucan family. It is the national bird of Belize.

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The keel-billed toucan is found from southern Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia.

Like many toucans, Keel-billed is a very social bird, rarely seen alone. Travel in small flocks of around six to twelve individuals through lowland rainforests. He is a poor flyer and moves mostly by jumping between trees.

The Keel-billed Toucan: The National Bird Of Belize


Including its beak, the Keel-billed toucan ranges in length from about 17 to 22 inches (42-55 cm). Their large, colorful beak averages around 5-6 inches (12-15 cm). This is about a third of its length. It weighs around 380-500 grams (13.4 oz.-1.1 lbs.) While the beak looks large and heavy, it is actually a spongy, hollow bone covered in keratin, a very light and hard protein.

Keel's beaked toucan feathers are mostly black with a yellow neck and chest. The moult takes place once a year. It has blue feet and red feathers on the tip of its tail. The beak is mostly green with a red tip and orange sides.

Keel-billed toucans have two toes pointing forward and two backward. Since toucans spend much of their time in trees, this helps birds stay on tree branches and jump from branch to branch.

Food and nutrition:

Red-billed toucans feed primarily on a wide variety of fruit, but they can also eat insects, eggs, and reptiles. When he eats the fruit, he uses his beak to take apart the fruit, and then throws his head back to swallow the whole fruit.

The Keel-billed Toucan: The National Bird Of Belize


The female of the red-billed toucan lays 1 to 4 white eggs in a natural or pre-made cavity on the tree. The male and female share the care of the eggs, both taking turns for incubation. The eggs hatch about 15-20 days after being laid. After hatching, the male and female take turns feeding the chicks. When the chicks hatch, they have no feathers and have their eyes closed for about 3 weeks. The chicks stay in their nest for eight to nine weeks while their bills fully develop.

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