Monday, September 04, 2006


Update: this toucan appears ( September, 5) on the branch of another tree, near to the palm tree.

Guess what have been visiting my garden! Beautiful toucans. In Portuguese, "Tucanos". Every morning, I have been wake up with their characteristic sound. They came to eat little fruits from a palm tree near the window of my bedroom. Here you can hear their sound. (Recorded by Aidan Maccormick. ) In this first photo you see only the palm tree near my house, without the toucans.

In this picture you can see the Toco Toucan

(Ramphastos toco)

Order: Piciformes, Family: Ramphastidae

"The Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) is the best known and largest member of the toucan family. They live in South American rainforests and Cerrado savannah. Toucans get their name from ‘tucano’ given to them by the Tupi Indians of Brazil. The largest species, the Toco Toucan, is about 25 inches (64 cm) long. The Toco Toucan is the largest of all the toucans, weighing in at 700 grams and is not only the largest toucan, but it is the most widespread in the wild, having a range that incorporates most of Brasil, and parts of northern Argentina, eastern Peru, and southern Guyana and Surinam."

"Toco Toucans have striking plumage with a black body, white throat and a blue eye ring. The most noticeable feature, however, is its huge yellow beak with a black tip, which looks heavy but is incredibly light because the inside is hollow. The birds are an average of 25 inches long, with their beaks that measure up to 8 inches. They have the largest bill of any toucan."

toucan's large bill enables it to perch inside the crown of a tree, where branches are thicker, and reach far outwards to pluck berries or seed from twigs too thin to bear their weight. Seized in the tip of the bill, food is thrown back into the throat by an upward toss of the head. Their diet consists mainly of fruit but includes insects, an occasional lizard, eggs and nestlings of smaller birds." You can see in this video a bird on a branch, rubbing its bill.
(In Parque das Aves, Foz do Iguaçú, Brazil. Captive bird, recorded by J. del Hoyo / Lynx)

"Toucans are moderately gregarious and fly in straggling flocks, one after another, rather than in compact bands, like parrots. They prefer to remain high in trees, where they hop from branch to branch. They bathe in pools of rain water in hollows high in trunks and limbs. They offer food to their companions and, perching well apart, preen them with the tips of long bills."

Click on photo to enlarge to see three toucans on eucalyptus tree

"When breeding Toco Toucans search for fallen trees or holes for nesting sites. Their reproduction cycle is annual. After mating, the female usually lays 2 eggs a few days after mating."

Click on photo to enlarge and see four toucans ready to fly away

This set of photos was taken by Carlos A. Mascaro

Click on photos for an enlarged version


  1. Ótimo!
    O som ficou muito bem e vc. encontrou excelentes referêcias. Completo! Parabéns!!
    Vc. é boa ornitóloga heheh!!

  2. I have only seen a toucan in a zoo. Tell Carlos he did a wonderful job with the photos--and I enjoyed the sound, too.

  3. Sonia,
    This was wonderful! I'm going to show this to my grandson tomorrow when he comes over after school!
    I've never seen a Toucan other than the zoo or pet store..

  4. How exciting! I've only seen Toucans in zoos and I've never seen one fly. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos.

  5. Those are really fun pictures!! I can't imagine looking out the door at a toucan.

    Take care,

  6. S. I saw your note in A Breath of air blog. I too had the problem with profile falling to bottom of the page. I asked for help from bloggers their full response is in my Feb archives ( I think). But one answer was that my images were too big or I had too many of them?
    When downloading images to create a post I use small or medium option now.
    Hope that helps.

  7. How amazing! I love seeing them thru your eyes.

  8. ...and Toucans, too? What paradise!!

  9. How wonderful to see such colorful birds like Toucans. I would feel like I was in paradise with birds like that visiting my yard.

  10. Amazing! So cool and beautiful (you do live in a fantastic place)! Wonderful photos!

  11. Oh, wow. Very nice pictures and post!

  12. I have never seen a toucan, except in photos and on TV. We hope to see them in Costa Rica, but none were around where we were. You are lucky to have such interesting birds near your home, Sonia!

  13. Hi Sonia
    beautifull photography i have never seen a tucon there so bright in colour. A lovely colourful bird .

  14. Oh How wonderful to have toucans in your garden!

  15. Sonia, it is so interesting for me, to see photos from your tucans. We have them only in the zoo.


  16. amazing! how wonderful to see toucans flying free ... so amazing and wonderful!

  17. Oh Sonia, how fantastic to have these beautiful birds visiting you right there in your garden! I LOVE THAT! THey are really extrorinary, aren't they? Do they come often to your garden? I know you have lots of yymmy fruit trees so they must love it there...!
    Gee this is a WONDERFUL Post!
    Thank you for always expanding my knowledge of your beautiful country.

  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

    The photos of the toucans are amazing. What fun it must be to live in such a beautiful, exotic place!

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  20. Maybe I can type better this time. I once saw toucans on a visit to Belize. They are so exotic to us northerners. You must have a wonderful time watching them.

  21. I am always amazed at the beauty in your life. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Thank you dear Sonia for your very dear comment. This has been such a meaningful thing to be involved in because it brings it home in a very personal way. Reading some of the other tributes that are up now, too,--each one is so touching and brings tears. But one cannot even get close to what this loss truly means to all those that are still going through it and will continue to 'go through it' for the rest of their lives. But it is a very wonderful way to remember and mourn for these losses.

  23. Wow, how amazing to be able to see this gorgeous creature right outside your own house, without bars...LOL

  24. What gorgeous birds ... I've only ever seen them at the zoo, but you have them in your garden. How lucky you are.
    Have a great weekend.
    Take care, Meow

  25. I've only seen Toucan's in the zoo, how special that you can actually see wild ones. They are really beautiful. Thanks so much for you well wishes to John, he is doing much better every day.

  26. This is my first visit to your site. Clearly, you live in Paradise! Toucans in your trees, wow. A few years ago, I had a Brazilian woman from Americana stay at my house while she was here in Boston learning English. Very cool to learn about Brazil!


  28. I am jalous Sonia, what a beautiful bird in your garden. I have never seen such a bird in my life only on pictures. I wonder what my cats would do seeing such a bird ! Nothing, I assure you they are far to big. Would be a nice subject to paint with its beautiful colors !

  29. Sonia, these photos are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them with us. A beautiful, exotic, magical bird.

  30. ahh
    no xeno canto meus sons estão com meu outro nome on-line "guto carvalho"
    gunther é avatar dos blogs!


  31. Sonia, I'm behind in my blog reading. Have just seen these photos with toucans in your garden - fantastic! And I love the palm trees too.

  32. Wow!! I've never seen a live toucan before. awesome!! Very glad you shared these photos.

  33. Esse tucano me fez lembrar um que apareceu no pomar da minha irmã lá em Avaré.
    As crianças(moços...rsss) da minha irmã resolveram adotá-lo e puseram o nome dele de Tuco.
    Cortaram levemente uma das asas para ele ficar lá no quintal.
    Ele convivia com os cahorros e gatos numa boa...pulava para todo lugar...e por onde passava deixava sua marca...rsss...
    Coisa que ele mais adorava era bicar o pé da criançada...não havia mais necessidade de dar uma aparadinha na asa, pois ele voava tranquilamente por todo os lugares da casa e no pomar...
    Um dia ele resolveu voar mais longe...e não mais voltou.Isso faz apenas dois mêses...vou procurar as fotos que fiz dele...

  34. Oh how lucky you are to have these beautiful birds in your garden Sonia! Wonderful pictures, thank you!

  35. Sônia, adorei esse tópico do tucano. As fotos são lindas e ainda tem o arquivo de som :)) Abraços florestais da Ursa


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