Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The tropical big billed bird

From southern Mexico and South America and neighboring islands is found the rain forest dwelling toucan. Toucans are poor fliers, partially due to their lengthy bill and partially due to their body shape and short wings. They hop around from branch to branch high in the treetops.

Toucans are noisy birds that sound a lot like a frog. They mainly eat fruit. When roosting in holes in the trees, toucans fold back their tail and rest their beak on their back making themselves into a feathery ball. In most toucan species, the female and male look alike. There are more than 40 species.

Tookie, Tookie in the George of the Jungle movie could not have been native to Africa.

Jungle Jane

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