I think I’ve always known about Toucans, despite growing up in Illinois. I don’t know if it was from the trips to the St. Louis Zoo or the TV commercial starring Toucan Sam for Fruit Loops! Whatever the case, they are fun to photograph! I love that the collective noun for a Toucan isa Durante! That rocks mostly because of it is such an obscure reference. I love when something obscure (collective nouns) are further ambiguous (obscure reference) by the name that was given! Whew, that is confusing too!
I suppose we could modernize the Durante with a schnoz (also a reference to Durante) or perhaps simply a beak!
Toucans are members of the family Ramphastidae of near passerine birds from the Neotropics. The Ramphastidae family is most closely related to the American barbets. They are brightly marked and have large, often colorful bills. The family includes five genera and about forty different species. The name of this bird group is derived from the Tupi word tukana, via Portuguese.
From My Portfolio of Toucan Photography
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