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tou·can

 (to͞o′kăn′, -kän′, to͞o-kăn′, -kän′)
n.
Any of various South and Central American birds of the family Ramphastidae, having a very large bill and often brightly colored plumage, and feeding mainly on small fruits.

[French, from Portuguese tucano or Spanish tucán, both from Tupí tucano, type of bird.]

toucan

(ˈtuːkən)
n
(Animals) any tropical American arboreal fruit-eating bird of the family Ramphastidae, having a large brightly coloured bill with serrated edges and a bright plumage
[C16: from French, from Portuguese tucano, from Tupi tucana, probably imitative of its cry]

tou•can

(ˈtu kæn, -kɑn, tuˈkɑn)

n.
any of several brightly colored, large billed, fruit-eating birds of the family Ramphastidae, of the New World tropics.
[1550–60; < French < Portuguese tucano < Tupi tucan]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toucan - brilliantly colored arboreal fruit-eating bird of tropical America having a very large thin-walled beaktoucan - brilliantly colored arboreal fruit-eating bird of tropical America having a very large thin-walled beak
piciform bird - any of numerous nonpasserine insectivorous climbing birds usually having strong bills for boring wood
toucanet - small toucan
Translations
tukaani
tukan

toucan

[ˈtuːkən] Ntucán m

toucan

[ˈtuːkən] ntoucan m

toucan

nTukan m, → Pfefferfresser m

toucan

[ˈtuːkən] ntucano
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well, toucans and flamingoes and pelicans all had their bills in him.
Our day's sport, besides the monkey, was confined to sundry small green parrots and a few toucans.
Because a toucans beak is a critical instrument of survival, Grecias attack not only shattered the hard, hollow portion of the upper beak, but it stripped Grecia of autonomy as well.
Toucans originate in the South American tropical rainforest, where they are viewed as sacred.
Taschen's resuscitation of John Gould's series of prints, The Family of Toucans, comes in an impressively unwieldy box, measured at 13.
FASCINATING FACT Amorous male toucans attract their mate by throwing berries at her.
While overheated people crank up their air conditioning, toucans increase the blood flow to their supersized, uninsulated bills, report Glenn Tattersall of Brock University in St.
Andrade studied the cooling ability of the toucan's beak by taking readings of the temperatures of six toco toucans, which have the biggest bill of all 38 species of toucans.
A similar service will be offered to lovers of ferrets, toucans and rattlesnakes.
Many make the trek and we have been getting more and more queries," he says of the journey that steps off in Sao Paulo and ends in Paraty winding along its way through the Serra da Bocaina, where hillsides are alive with monkeys, toucans and other wildlife.
A famous set of flying toucans from the 1950s (pictured) are worth pounds 500-plus, and a rare flat toucan plaque at least pounds 1,100.
Favourite foods are berries and other fruits but toucans also feed on spiders, lizards, snakes, and other young birds or eggs.