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Toco Toucan

Rhamphastos toco

Did you know?

  • Toco toucans are the largest of the 37 species of toucans.
  • They grow to 25 inches long, though their impressive beak accounts for nearly half of that length.
  • Toucans nest in tree cavities.
  • Both parents care for the chicks.

Amazing Beak

Toucans use their beak to skin fruit, their primary food source. Although the beak looks heavy, its actually composed of many air chambers that make it very light.

I Hear You a Mile Away

Toucans communicate with sharp calls that can be heard over half a mile away.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


The Toco Toucan is widespread and abundant.


Central and eastern South America


Forest patches, palm groves

We care about toco toucans

The Saint Louis Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan for toco toucans. This is a cooperative breeding program in which a number of North American zoos work together to ensure the genetic health and survival of the species.

The Saint Louis Zoo supports toco toucans at the Bird House and Bird Garden.

Find this animal in Historic Hill


Historic Hill

Historic Hill is a lovely stroll through one of the oldest parts of the Saint Louis Zoo. From the 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage to the Spanish architectural flavor of the 1920s in the Bird House, Primate House and Herpetarium to the finishing touches of our thoroughly modern exhibits, this area of the Zoo has a unique ambiance and a nostalgic history that make it a great destination.

Explore Historic Hill