Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Toucan


I've always been fascinated with toucans. But more as a wild bird not as a pet. They are amazing birds and need to stay in their tropical home habitat. The native peoples regard them as a bridge between the living and spirit worlds.

I always wondered how they can fly with such an oversized beak? The beak is actually made out of a honeycomb of bone to remain light weight. They use it to peel and eat fruit but also eat insects and occasionally young birds, eggs or lizards. And because it is 7.5 inches (19 cm) long they can use the beak to reach fruit on branches that are too small to support their own weight.

4 comments:

jennydraws said...

Allison, I love Toucans too. The color of their beaks is fascinating. This is a great rendition.

Sharon Wagner said...

I don't know any Allisons. But is this Alicia Silverstone's blog? I know she likes animals. Oh, it's the famous illustrator Alicia Schwab. Well, that's even better.

cerodriguez said...

That's so neat! I didn't now all that much about the structure of their beaks.

Nina Crittenden said...

Why is it a Toucan when there is only one, and the same thing goes for a parakeet!!! If I was in charge (which I am not) they would be Onecans and Keets, dang it!!! *end of tirade, this was a very nice post!*