Toucan

The Toucan is widely recognized by its enormous, colorful bill that can grow up to 7.5-inches long—growing anywhere from a third to almost half of its length! While it looks like it packs a mean bite, its bill is actually best used for feeding, rather than as a weapon, as the bone contains mostly air in its honeycomb structure. Edged with toothed margins, the Toucan’s bill is seen as a desirable mating trait, and both sexes use their bills to toss fruit morsels to each other during mating rituals. In addition to fruit, Toucans eat insects, eggs, young birds, tree frogs and lizards.

The social Toucan lives in small flocks in lowland parts of the rainforest, nesting in holes in trees. They have four toes on each foot, two that face forwards and two that face backwards. They are extremely noisy birds, which makes them obvious targets for their predators.


  • Agility: 5/10

  • Charisma: 8/10

  • Intelligence: 7/10

  • Speed: 7/10

  • Stamina: 4/10

  • Strength: 2/10

  • Wisdom: 7/10

  • TOTAL: 40/70
Strengths
The Toucan’s vivid colors provide camouflage in the rainforest canopy. Its bill is useful for reaching fruit on branches that are too small to hold them and for feeding. While the Toucan’s legs are short, they are strong.

Weaknesses
Toucans are poor flyers and very loud.

Best Animals to Adapt With
The Toucan is intelligent, charismatic, and wise but lacks in both stamina and strength. Due to this, his prime candidates for DNA adaptation are the Black Caiman and the Electric Eel.

Enemies
The Toucan’s predators are humans and big cats, especially jaguars.

Increasing Their Survival Rate
These iconic birds are close to being threatened, and one species is already listed as endangered. This is due to their popularity as pets, as well as habitat loss from logging and agriculture. Learn more about helping the rainforest and its animals at the Tropical Rainforest Coalition.

Image credit: Daph Chloe

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Folklore
Indigenous peoples regard the bird with a sacred eye—they are traditionally seen as conduits between the spirit worlds and that of the living. Many tribes associate them with evil spirits, claiming them to be the incarnation of a demon. Some thought that if the father of a newborn consumed the flesh of a Toucan, his child would be cursed.