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This photo was taken at the Ocean Park theme park.

Toucan is the Brazilian name for a bird of the tropical American family Ramphastidae, characterized by their huge but beaks.

The beck is a hollow, honeycomb structure, of fibrous strands, that makes it strong but light.

There are 37 species of these birds ranging from Mexico to Argentina. Toucans are found only in the Western Hemisphere.

The Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) frequents the rain-forests from Guiana to Bolivia and northern Argentina.

It is 25 inches long and is the largest of the Toucans. The beak, 8 inches long and 3 inches high at the base, is deep orange with a large black spot near the tip.

The Toco Toucan eats mainly fruit and uses its large bill as a tool for picking it. It also feeds on seeds, spiders, insects, eggs and an occasional lizard or bird.

When it sleeps, a Toucan turns its head so that its long bill rests on its back, then folds its long tail neatly over it.

Toucans often gather in large groups and chatter loudly and noisily, their calls being synchronized with the fast upward swings of their bills.

Tech: Cropped tightly around the bird. Resized and sharpened. Contrast +6. Added border.

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