Toucans are members of the family Ramphastidae of near passerine birds from the Neotropics. The Ramphastidae family is most closely related to the American barbets. They are brightly marked and have large, often colorful bills. This colorful bird is one of the best known of the animals of the Amazon.
Even people who have never been to the rain forest can recognize it easily because of its large and colorful bill. Astoundingly, a toucan’s bill is actually half the length of its body. Despite its appearance, the bill is actually lightweight because it is made out of a spongy tissue called keratin. Even though toucans are related to woodpeckers, they don’t carve holes in trees. Instead, they live in empty woodpecker nests.
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