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A Neotropical Rainforest
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Keel-billed Toucan

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Three-toed Sloth
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Helmeted Iguana
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Terciopelo Viper
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Toucan Sam

Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus )

Keel-billed Toucan

Toucan Sam is one of the best known animals of the rainforest. Toucans live in South and Central America, but do not live in Africa. Their beaks are beautiful but do not have much strength. Scientists think the beaks are so pretty so that male toucans can attract females.

Toucans are some of the prettiest birds in a rainforest. They eat fruits and can be seen flying around in the mornings and afternoons. When a toucan flies, it looks like it has a banana sticking out of its head.

In Nicaragua, the two most common toucans are Keel-billed Toucans (pictured here) and Chestnut-mandibled Toucans (Ramphastos swainsonii ). Although they have similar color patterns, the two toucan species have totally different voices. Keel-billed Toucans croak like a frog, and Chestnut-mandibled cry like a gull. The video above has mostly Keel-billed Toucan calls, but at the end you can listen to the Chestnut-mandibled.












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Michigan State University

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