Caught by the River

Matt’s Bird of the Week

Matt Sewell | 9th February 2020

Keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) by Matt Sewell

This toucan is perhaps more aptly known as the rainbow-billed toucan. It is the national bird of Belize. Not all toucans are quite as boldly bright as these guys, whose beaks are a dazzling cocktail of lime, tangerine, lemon and forget-me-not blue, but all are sociable and big-billed. The keel’s bill, at 15cm, is roughly one third of its body length, but it isn’t too ungainly as it’s a hollow bone covered in keratin – the very same material your fingernails are made from. They are playful birds and are known to throw fruit, one bird throwing and another catching it in its mouth! 

Length: 45cm 

Where to find me: southern Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia


Taken from Matt’s most recent book Atlas of Amazing Birds, published by Pavilion and currently available here in our shop sale for the bargain price of £8.50!