Photo by Dave Location: Saipan, MP Pictured: Swainson Toucan "Meaka"
The biggest misconception about toucans is made because of the size of their beaks. Hyacinth macaws are referred to in the bird world as "the gentle giants" of all macaws, and I would say the same type of reputation should be given to toucans. Even with their large beaks, they don't hurt worse than your neighbor's macaw. Although the Toco Toucans seem to take on that rep more than the other types of species. I have yet to work with one but would love to!
Emerald Forest's website is the best place to gather as much information as possible on a variety of different species of toucans. They talk about their diet and how to prepare it as well as where to get it and they have various articles about them.
The most common type of toucan the public seems to aquire is the Keel-Billed Toucan. But be careful before you buy, these guys are considered a CITES Appendix II.
Photo from www.emeraldforestbirds.com
In fact, toucans started to become quite the trend in households and even Bird Talk Magazine had an issue based around them.
Just like the larger types of parrots, toucans can also be very pricey. Swainson Toucans average around $2,500 each, while Toco Toucans are the most expensive ranging around $10,000. The more exotic the bird, the higher the price tag.
But toucans do have the potential to make amazing pets and are very smart. They can learn just as fast if not faster than parrots but they will never learn to talk. And learning to talk is usually one of the number one reasons people will buy a bird in the first place, making toucans not as popular a choice.
Photo by Dave Location: Saipan, MP Smooching: Swainson Toucan "Meaka"
Here are some resourceful websites on toucans that I found interesting and/or might be useful to you if you're looking into adding one to your home: - Toucans! by Amado Summers - The Toucan by National Geographic - Toucans by Bird Families of the World
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.