June 10, 2006
Keel-billed toucans live in humid jungles, in forest edges, and in plantations. They are usually 20 inches (51 cm) tall. Their large bills are actually lightweight, for they are made of hollow keratin. Toucans are found in couples or in groups of 12 or more individuals. During the breeding season in spring they nest in tree holes and lay 3 - 5 eggs. Their diet includes fruits, insects, mice, lizards, bird eggs and nestlings. Their voices can be taken for cricket or tree
frog chirps. The Keel-billed toucan is the national bird of Belize.
Although they are not an endangered species, Keel-billed toucans are considered to be threatened due mainly to the destruction of their natural home in the rainforest.