Keel-Billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratu ...

Keel-Billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus)

Feb 24, 2021

Inhabiting Central America, this stunning species will rarely be seen in flight. Due to the weight of their wings, they spend the majority of their time hopping from branch to branch rather than flying.

Their large, colorful bill is lighter than you might expect weighing anywhere from 13–18 oz.

A toucan's bill is made entirely of a spongy form of keratin, supported by hollow bones. This allows their bill to act as an efficient thermo-regulation system, which means that it can be used to warm and cool themselves. It does so by sending blood flow into the beak too cool off, and constricting the blood vessels to conserve heat when cold.

Although not endangered, like many other of our earth's astonishing species the Keel-Billed Toucan is constantly threatened by human activity.

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