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The Keel-billed Toucan is also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan OR Rainbow-billed Toucan. It is a colorful Latin American member of the toucan family. It is the national bird of Belize.

Including its bill, the Keel-billed Toucans length is 55 cm. Their large and colorful bill is around 15 cm, about one-third of its length. While the bill seems large and cumbersome, it is in fact a spongy, hollow bone covered in keratin, a very light and hard protein.

The plumage of the Keel-billed Toucan is mainly black with a yellow neck and chest. Molting occurs once per year. It has blue feet and red feathers at the tip of its tail. The bill is mainly green with a red tip and orange sides.

Keel-billed Toucans have feet with toes facing in different directions. In the case of the Keel Billed Toucan, it has two toes facing forward and two facing back. Because the Toucans spend a large portion of time in the trees, this helps for the birds to stay on the branches of the trees and hop from one to another.


Keel-billed Toucan, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Keel-billed Toucan, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

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