Costa Rica: Keel-Billed Toucansl

And the most colorful and spectacular species of toucans are the Keel-Billed Toucans . And we can really good view of them while hiking at the Rincon de la Vieja National Park – upclose and personal. This is the largest toucan, 42 to 55 cm (17 to 22 in) long, with nearly a third of that being the colorful bill – combination of green, yellow, orange and red color, hence the nickname rainbow-billed toucan. While the bill looks heavy, in reality it’s quite light, made of spongy material covered with hard keratin – the coloration is mostly for mating. Keel-billed toucans are omnivorous and can feed on snakes, lizards, and even small birds. Not very good fliers, they are quite loud and easily noticeable in the trees.