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    How to Feed Toucans

    ArticleBird AdviceFriday 18 March 2011
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    Toucans are native to the rainforests of Central and South America. Although few people realize it, toucans can make great pets. Unlike parrots, toucans are not loud and cannot bite hard, making them a good choice for owners who have children. Toucans are not difficult to feed in captivity; although their wild diet includes insects and sometimes small animals, they eat primarily fruit. In captivity, toucans do well when fed a combination of pellets and fruit.

    Toucans should have a suitable pelleted diet. Do not use pellets designed for parrots; instead, look for low iron softbill pellets that do not contain propylene glycol. This needs to make up about 50 percent of your toucan's diet.

    Buy a variety of fresh fruits to feed your toucan. Some of the best choices include papaya, cantaloupe and other melons, grapes, blueberries, and bananas. Avoid fruits that are very high in citric acid, such as oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pineapple, limes, and tomatoes.

    Chop the fruit into bite-sized cubes before feeding. Be sure to remove seeds before offering fruits to your toucan. Although most toucans will not eat seeds, a few will and this can cause intestinal problems.

    Offer the pellets and fruit twice daily to your toucan, in separate dishes. Be sure to wash the dishes out with soap and hot water between each feeding.

    Keep a fresh, clean source of water available to your toucan at all times. Many toucans will use this dish primarily for bathing, but they do drink from time to time as well.

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