ARE TOUCANS COMPATIBLE WITH OTHER BIRDS ?
The answer is yes depending on the circumstances.
There are several places you may visit, where you can see several
species of toucans together mixing with other types of birds in
free flight aviaries. Most notable of these facilities are the
Matsue Vogel Park in Japan and the Dallas World Aquarium in Dallas,
Texas. At Dallas you can see Keel Bill and Swainson's toucans
flying in the large indoor aviary along with a couple species
of Aracaris, some tanagers and other birds and one species of
monkey. The aviary is well planted and several stories high. Visitors
may walk among the birds and plants as if in a tropical rainforest.
It is an exciting adventure.
The Matsue Vogel (bird) Park in Japan is another experience all
together. In their one acre greenhouse aviary full of an amazing
number of flowering plants, shrubs and ponds, you can also see
several species of toucans flying together, including Tocos, Swainson's
and Red Bills. The striking difference is that these birds are
also flying with flocks of Sun Conures, multiple species of Lorikeets,
Cockatoos, Eclectus Parrots, Blue Headed Pionus, and Touracos
- all of which are tame, friendly and sociable. The birds at Matsue
will literally fly down and land on you to be petted and fed.
The sheer numbers of birds of numerous species provides a kaleidoscope
of colors and sounds that is an experience unique in all the world.
In addition to all these flying birds, there are peacocks, emus,
and Crowned Pigeons walking around and flamingoes, plovers and
stilts by the hundreds wading in ponds. Scattered about perched
on trainers' arms one can also see 47 species of owls! The owls
and many other species are also tame and can be petted by visitors,
though the owls are not allowed free flying time amongst the toucans,
parrots and other softbills. Visit Matsue Vogel Park by clicking
on the link on our Home Page.
Matsue is unique, and demonstrates what is possible with tame,
pet quality toucans, though it is not something that can be duplicated
by most people. The average toucan owner is likely to have only
one toucan and maybe a couple other pet birds in cages in the
home. If all the birds in the home are wing clipped and unable
to fly, then free flying interactive birds are not possible. Nevertheless,
toucans can and will get along with other birds if properly trained
and this training is best accomplished with young birds. Toucans
will sit peaceably next to other birds on perch stands and in
adjacent cages. On occasion some minor conflict may arise, but
training will resolve this issue. Large parrots such as macaws
are potentially hazardous to other birds if they get close, so
if toucans are mixing with macaws, be certain the macaws will
not attempt to bite the toucan. A macaw bite can quickly remove
toes and legs of other birds as well as damage beaks.
Whenever mixing birds together whether it is toucans with toucans,
or toucans with parrots, or parrots with parrots, always plan
to spend considerable time observing the birds from a distance
to be certain there will be no aggression. If aggression occurs,
it is possible to eliminate it with training. Everything is possible
with patience and perseverance.