Black-Mandibled Toucan Facts | Costa Rica Wildlife Guide
- Males are around 22 inches long and weigh up to 2 pounds.
- Plumage is mostly black with maroon on the crown, hindneck, upper back
andbreast. The throat is deep yellow, bordered by a narrow line of white and red. Shading around the eye is green.
- The hollow bill can grow up to 8 inches long.
- The bill is slightly translucent, and it is bright yellow on top with dark maroon below.
- Although the male is bigger, there is no other difference between the sexes.
RANGE AND HABITATThe black-
BEHAVIOR AND COMMUNICATIONCunning and ornery, the black-
These toucans forage by maintaining their center of gravity on tree branches and reaching out with their beaks to grab fruit at a distance. They will then toss back their heads and swallow the fruit whole. They tend to hover around particular fruit trees until the fruit is gone, and then they will move on to other trees.
TOUCAN DEVELOPMENT MANDIBLED
BREEDING AND REPRODUCTIONToucans mate in the spring and remain monogamous for the duration of the breeding season. Females lay pure white, elliptical-shaped eggs, usually three to four per clutch. Incubation lasts 16 days. Males and females take turns incubating the eggs, each shift usually lasting about one hour.
CONSERVATIONThere is currently no significant threat to black-
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