Tiki is our female hand-reared, captive bred, Toco Toucan. She arrived at our facility in 2019 shortly after weaning.
The Toco toucan is the most widely recognized species of toucan. It has the largest bill (when compared to the size of its body) of all the world’s birds. Although the toucan can fly, it is a poor flyer who mostly travels by hopping from branch to branch.
Average life expectancy of Toco Toucans is 20 years.
Toco Toucans are very intelligent birds. Of all the toucan species they are the only known toucan species to be used in free flight bird shows. They are calm friendly bird that when raised in captivity enjoy spending time with their owners/handlers.
Toco Toucans are the largest of the toucan species weighing approximately 700 grams and are 25 inches long.
The Toco Toucan is easily recognized by its large colorful yellow beak with a black tip. The adult toucan’s beak accounts for nearly half of their length (up to 8 inches long). The beak aides in foraging for food and also regulates blood flow to distribute heat away from it’s body.
Captive toucans are fed a diet of low-iron pellets and fresh fruits. Pellets should make up about 50% of their diet – the other half being fresh fruits. They should be fed plenty of low-iron fresh fruits, such as papayas, cantaloupes and other melons, berries,apples, raspberries and bananas. The fruits should be chopped up into bite-sized pieces (about 0.5 inch on each side). Any seeds (such as found in papaya or melons) should be removed as they can cause intestinal problems.