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toucan (tōōkăn´, tōō´kän), perching bird of the New World tropics, related to the woodpeckers. Toucans vary in size from the jay-sized toucanets to the 24-in. (62-cm) tocos of the Amazon basin. They are notable for their enormous, often brightly colored, canoe-shaped bills, which consist of a lightweight porous substance covered by a horny shell with serrated edges. This bill is well adapted to cutting up the fruits and berries that form their diet. Most brilliantly plumaged are the aracaris and hill toucans of the mountain forests of South America. Toucans are gregarious and, like the woodpeckers, nest in cavities. Toucans are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Piciformes, family Rhamphastidae.

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toucan Any of 35 species of colourful, gregarious birds of the forests of tropical America, characterized by a large, colourful bill. The plumage is generally red, yellow, blue, black, or orange. It feeds on fruit and berries, which may be regurgitated to feed the young. Length: 60cm (2ft). Family Ramphastidae.

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tou·can / ˈtoōˌkan; -ˌkän/ • n. a tropical American fruit-eating bird (genera Ramphastos and Andigena, family Ramphastidae) with a massive bill and typically brightly colored plumage.

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toucan

toucan XVI. — Tupi tucana, Guarani tucā, tucā.

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toucans See PICIFORMES; RAMPHASTIDAE.

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