What Toucans Eat

By April 5, 2017

In the rainforest animals are at work.  A bird flies nearby.  What could it be?  It’s a toucan!  Toucans have great appetites.  They eat insects, frogs, spiders, lizards, snakes, baby birds, eggs, cicadas, ants, termites, and small reptiles.  However, they prefer fruit.  Toucans eat around 100 different types of fruit!

Toucans are too heavy to perch on a branch laden with fruit.  Luckily their bill, as big as their body, is just the thing to reach the fruit.  They pluck the fruit, toss it in the air, then gobble it up.

Their bills also scare off their enemies.  The bill is very colorful with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black.  Toucans have a black body and tail, some with a little red.  Near the bill, there is a patch of white or yellow.  Around the eye is a patch of colored skin.  They usually have bluish feet and black claws.


Author Boopud

When Boopud is not riding in a toucan. He can be found screeching like one.

More posts by Boopud