Baby toucan

The Atlanta Zoo presents two small toucans, chicks of a toucanĀ bird. They hatched exactly on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). For the zoo this is a great success, as toucans are very difficult to breed in captivity. To ensure that nothing happens with the valuable cubs, they were taken from the nest and raised under special supervision by the staff of the zoo, feeding them with nutritious mixtures.

Toucans are very large birds, the largest in their order of woodpeckers. Notable for their bright appearance, primarily huge, almost with the bird’s body beak. This bill, however, is very easy due to the presence of hollow interlayers in it and jagged at the edges.

The beak of small toucanĀ at this sharply differs from the beak of adult birds. In chicks, it is flat, and the lower jaw is somewhat longer and wider than the upper jaw; this makes it easier to grasp the food thrown by adult birds.

Toucan live in the tropical forests of Central and South America, can fly, but not far and rather clumsily. Taking off, the bird is gaining height, and then plans in the right direction, describing in the air wide circles. Long-distance flights these birds avoid.