Posted Jan 05, 2015
Personality-wise, this bird is one of the best. The Red-billed toucan that I work with is unbelievably social, playful, snuggly, and overall tops the charts in cuteness. She makes the most adorable little squeaking noise when she knows you are going to come talk to her, and she is also incredibly comfortable with strangers, actually doing a behavior in which she has to hop across strangers' arms. That being said though, toucans are by no means an "easy pet". These guys have an incredibly difficult diet to maintain, and are extremely at risk for iron storage disease. They cannot be fed anything in their diet with too much iron, and as a toucan owner you have to be insanely cautious about what you're giving them. Often, even with the best diet, toucans will acquire iron storage disease anyway, unfortunately we just haven't figured out the best diet to replicate what they would be experiencing in the wild. From my experience with toucans, they are also fairly territorial, and will instigate fights with other species they may live near. This is important to note in households with more than one bird, as I would recommend never having a toucan out with another bird at the same time. They are not nearly as strong as a parrot, but they will battle it out anyway.