are approximately 40 known species of toucans. They are
classified in the same genealogical family as the toucanet
-- a smaller version of the toucan -- and the aracari
-- which has a differently shaped beak, and is smaller
than the toucan.
toucan's beak is its most prominent feature, sometimes
as long as its body. Toucans use their beaks for picking
berries, for maintaining their territory and for attracting
females' attention. The insides of their beaks are shaped
like honeycombs, making them strong yet lightweight.
toucan's body is anywhere from 13 to 25 inches long, slightly
longer than their beaks. Their bodies are usually colored
with black, white, red, yellow, blue, and green feathers.
The toucans are poor fliers because of the size of their
beaks, and they rely on hopping from branch to branch