Carmen the Toco Toucan
Carmen the Toco Toucan is a fruit eating bird native to the South American rainforest. I saw them flying overhead in the Amazon, their long distinctive beaks outstretched as they flew over the treetops. The elongated hollow beaks extend their reach to ripe fruit at the tips of the branches. Carmen has a long narrow tongue that looks like a feather. It helps her to collect nectar, fruit pulp and juices much like a sponge. She is incredibly agile when hopping from branch to branch. Carmen is very curious and playful. She likes to sit under the misters in warm weather and bathes regularly in a crock of water. The edges of her long beak are serrated like a steak knife and when frightened she will use her beak like a dagger. She is my frequent flying companion because she fits under the seat in front of me in the passenger cabin and meets FAA requirements. Carmen is a good traveler and is well behaved. For more information on toucans visit: www.emeraldforestbirds.com.