Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco). The Toco
toucan is the largest of all the toucans, weighing in at 700 grams.
It has a beak nearly ten inches long, which it deftly uses to
pick small fruits and berries from bushes and trees. The Toco
is not only the largest toucan, but it is the most widespread
in the wild, having a range that incorporates most of Brasil,
and parts of northern Argentina, eastern Peru, and southern Guyana
The Toco toucan has been bred in captivity for a
number of years, and is considered a magnificent display bird
in zoos, and is widely enjoyed as an excellent pet. Toco toucans
are quite intelligent and are often used in bird shows, where
they can be trained to free fly and perform tricks. Several of
our Tocos are currently in the free flight show at Disney World's
Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The Toco toucan was also featured
recently in the movie George of The Jungle. Listen to the Toco
Because of their striking appearance and intelligence, Tocos
are the most popular of all the large toucans as pets. They are
calm, friendly birds and enjoy being handled. They will cuddle
in your lap and sit on your shoulder for a ride around the house.
They can be taught to play catch, do mid air somersaults, and
free flying Tocos can even be potty trained to go only in their
Of all the toucan species, only the Toco has been featured in
free flight bird shows, where they have been trained to fly out
to an audience member to retrieve dollar bills ( later returning
them), and chase a grape slung up into the air for a mid air interception.
In addition to the free flying Tocos at Disney World, they have
appeared as actors at Universal Studio's live on stage Animal
Actors Theater, Sea World's free flight shows, and at a number
of other shows in zoos across the USA and around the world.
First captive breeding May 14, 1977; Riverbanks
Zoo. CITES status: Appendix II