- 1. Are toucans messier than parrots?
- Toucans are no more or less messier than parrots or other
birds. They do not get
- into their bowls and swish the food around like a parrot looking
for that special
- seed hidden at the bottom of the bowl. Rather, toucans pick
the food off the top
- and swallow it. Occasionally they may shake their beak and
a piece will fly off
- the tip of the beak.
- 2. Is it true that toucans squirt their droppings
sideways and upside down?
- No, toucans do not squirt sideways and upside down. They defecate
- upright and it falls straight down.
- 3. Is it difficult to clean up toucan poop off of
carpets or furniture?
- No, because the stool is so watery, it easily cleans up with
a sponge and will not
- stain carpets or other fabrics. Parrot poop, on the other
hand is very pasty and will
- not readily come out of fabric unless thoroughly scrubbed.
Toucans are much
- easier to clean up after.
- 4. Do toucans require pinkie mice and other live food?
- No, toucans do not require live food. While toucans in the
wild eat some insects
- when rearing young, it is not necessary to provide any live
food to pet birds. They
- will not eat live food in a pet situation, and only a few
breeding birds will try it.
- Pinkie mice are a real potential danger to pet toucans as
they carry bacteria
- harmful to toucans.
- 5. Can toucans bite hard and hurt me?
- Toucans cannot bite hard. Their beak muscles are very weak
compared to parrots
- and they cannot crunch. They even have difficulty crunching
- 6. Will toucans chew my furniture or other household
- No, toucans are incapable of chewing or causing damage to
- drapes, TV remotes, or any other item in the house.
- 7. Are toucans really friendly birds?
- Toucans are comparable to a tame cockatoo in friendliness
and affection. They
- will cuddle with you, sit on your shoulder, love to be scratched
and petted, and will
- come running (or flying) to greet you when you return home.
They are eager for
- your attention. When cuddling, they will often make a soft
purring sound indicating
- their content.
- 8. Can toucans be trained?
- Yes, they are very trainable. Some toucan owners have trained
their toucans to
- go potty only in their cage. Toucans have been regular cast
members of free flight
- bird shows, and can be seen daily at Disney World's Animal
- 9. How can I train my toucan?
- The training techniques are similar to those used in training
- recommend you acquire Steve Martin's excellent tape, Training
Your Parrot, which
- is advertised in several bird magazines.
- 10. Can I keep a toucan with my other birds?
- Yes, you can keep your pet toucan in the same room with your
other pet birds,
- but not in the same cage. They can also be kept on a perch
stand (if wing
- clipped) next to other similar sized birds.
- 11. Can I keep a toucan in an aviary with other birds
- Yes, depending on the size of the aviary and the size of the
other birds. Birds
- of similar size can easily be kept with a toucan. The larger
the cage, the more
- possibilities you have.
- 12. Would you recommend a toucan as a first pet bird?
- Yes, They are not difficult to maintain. The diet is simple
and similar to a parrot
- diet, in that pellets and soft foods(fruit) are offered. Caging
is equivalent, and a
- handfed, tame toucan is a delightfully friendly and playful
- 13. Are toucans very noisy?
- Not when compared to a parrot. They do not scream, shriek,
or make other
- loud, obnoxious noises. Only the Red Bill has a loud call
and it is melodious.
- Toucanets and aracaris are extremely quiet.
- 14. Do toucans produce powder down and feather dust?
- No, toucans do not produce any down or dust, and are an ideal
bird of choice, if
- you think you may have dust allergies.
- 15. When is the best time to acquire a toucan?
- Toucans are more readily available in the summer during and
- breeding season, which extends from April until September.
- limited as few people are successful in raising them.
- 16. What is the difference in personality between
the various toucans,
- toucanets, and aracaris?
- There is little difference in personality between the various
types. They are
- so similar as to defy differentiation based upon species.
- 17. How should I choose which toucan to buy?
- We recommend you choose a bird based upon its visual appeal
and what you
- can reasonably afford.