April 19, 2021
A Dynamic Duo
- as seen by -Timothy Mohl
Our pair of toco toucans (Ramphastos toco) at WCS Bronx Zoo’s World of Birds are always so photogenic. Their two-story exhibit gives guests a great bird’s eye view of the toucans’ daily activities including flying around, courting each other by sharing an occasional grape, and investigating nest cavities.
Toco toucans are the largest in the toucan family. Their brightly colored bills can measure from six to nine inches and help them to peel fruit they pick from trees. Their bills, despite being so large, are actually very light, supported by spongey-type bone struts inside and make up half their body length.
These striking birds range through parts of central and eastern South America.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This photo was chosen as one of the top submissions for Wild View’s Snap! Animal Pairs assignment. Congratulations!