toucan


tou·can

noun \ˈtü-ˌkan, -ˌkän, tü-ˈ\

: a tropical American bird that has bright feathers and a very large beak

Full Definition of TOUCAN

:  any of a family (Ramphastidae) of chiefly fruit-eating birds of tropical America with brilliant coloring and a very large but light and thin-walled bill

Origin of TOUCAN

French, from Portuguese tucano, from Tupi tukána
First Known Use: 1568

toucan

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Gray-breasted mountain toucan (Andigena hypoglauca).—Painting by John P. O'Neill

Any of about 35 species (family Ramphastidae) of large-billed, long-tailed Central and South American birds. Many species are black with a bold breast colour; their thick saw-edged bills are brightly and distinctively coloured. Bands of toucans emit loud barks, bugling calls, and harsh croaks. They eat fruit, insects, lizards, and nestling birds. Toucans deposit two to four eggs in an unlined natural tree cavity or an abandoned woodpecker hole. Ramphastos species are up to 24 in. (60 cm) long, a third of which may be the bill. Smaller species (toucanets) are 10–14 in. (25–35 cm) long.

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