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.