These birds play an important part in maintaining the health of rainforest ecosystems as they help to disperse seeds.

Adopt-an-Animal: Keel-billed Toucan

Keel-billed toucans are typically found in pairs or small flocks, sometimes up to 20 individuals. Groups not only tend to forage together but also prefer to roost together. Several birds will stuff themselves into a tree cavity - so close that they have the habit of tucking their tail over their back and beneath their wings in order to save space. The toucan’s wide, short wings allow them to get around in dense forests but are not useful for long-distance flight. Although the bill can be up to one third the length of the bird’s entire body, it is made of keratin and is lightweight so it does not affect the toucan’s ability to fly. 

Your Adopt-an-Animal donation will be used to support these tropical birds and further the San Francisco Zoological Society’s mission to connect people to wildlife, inspire caring for nature, and advance conservation action. An adoption of a keel-billed toucan makes a great gift for friends, coworkers, family or for yourself!

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