Toco Toucan in Boca da Valeria, Brazil - Encircle Photos

Toco Toucan in Boca da Valeria, Brazil

A fascinating and colorful bird in the Amazon Rainforest is the toucan. There are over 40 species living in a range from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. The common genus is ramphastos. The most recognizable of the eight Brazilian species is the toco toucan. It is also called the giant toucan because it can exceed two feet long with a seven inch tail. The prominent feature is the stunning, nine inch yellow-orange bill. This cartoon-like appendage helps the bird dispel body heat during the very hot summers.

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