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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Ramphastos sulfuratus (Keel-billed Toucan)


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Species Description
The Keel-Billed Toucan (also known as the Sulfur-Breasted or Rainbow-Billed Toucan) lives in southern Mexico, down through Central America and into Venezuela and Colombia. The national bird of Belize, it is a highly social bird, traveling in small family groups and rarely seen alone. The Keel-Billed Toucan roosts in holes in trees, often with several other toucans; to conserve space, the birds tuck their tails and beaks underneath their bodies. A poor flyer, it hops through the trees of subtropical and lowland rainforests collecting fruits (which it swallows whole) and small quantities of eggs, insects and small reptiles. During mating seasons, males will sometimes “duel” with their long bills, which can comprise up to 1/3 of the total body length of the bird.
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Keel-billed Toucan Page

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