Toucan species


There are many speciesĀ of Toucan. Many of them are still very little studied, as they live in hard-to-reach areas and it is very difficult for scientists to get there.

Andigena. These are quite large birds from 45 to 50 centimeters. Painted brightly both males and females. Almost all types of toucans have a very weak sexual difference. They live in mountain forests at altitudes from 1600 to 3000 meters. They live in pairs, less often in groups of 4 individuals. Eat mostly fruits and berries. The plumage is olive and brown, rarely red.

Andigena cucullata. This kind of toucans is somewhat smaller than the previous one, the body length is 41-44 cm. The beak in males is somewhat larger than in females, this is their main difference. Plumage is blue, less often – gray-blue. The tail is dark emerald or yellow, quite powerful.

Andigena hypoglauca. This is an alpine species of toucans, they can climb up to a height of 3500 meters. But as a rule, over 3000 meters are very rare. In size, they do not differ much from their other brethren. They are very brightly colored. Females are slightly smaller than males.

Andigena laminirostris. Most often these handsome people can be found in the forests of the Andes at an altitude of 1600 to 3000 meters. Plumage is gray-blue, on the head – a black comb. Wings are very poorly developed, which affects their flying qualities.

Pteroglossus. This species is, perhaps, one of the brightest. Its color is olive or dark green, and its tail is red. The average size for toucans is from 43 to 48 centimeters. They live in small flocks, in contrast to many other species of these birds.