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Toucan (lat. Ramphastidae) - a family of relatively large birds with a disproportionately large, laterally compressed, bright beak. However, the beak, despite its size, is not as heavy as it sounds, because of the presence of air voids inside. Largest members of the Piciformes which includes 36 species.

Toucan inhabits the plains and mountains (up to 3000 m) of tropical forests of South America from Mexico to northern Argentina. They nest in natural or carved woodpeckers hollow.

The name of these birds was given due to the fact that the representatives of one of their species shouting something like "toucan".