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Banana-Pusher



Q: -icon(9k) Why the name?

The bill of the toucan is so out-of-proportion that during flight the bird takes several wing beats and glides. When gliding, the angle of the beak slowly falls until the next set of wing beats lifts the beak up again.

Because of this flight pattern many tropical biologists call them "banana-pushers."

Q: -icon(9k) Is the bill heavy?

It is hollow and lightweight. The outside is strong and made of hard keratin, like your fingernails.


tree frog-icon (9k) For more tropical rainforest resources, from the Science Museum of Minnesota's IMAX®/OMNIMAX® film - see the Tropical Rainforest cluster.


That makes me think . . . (11k)
What nickname would you give a pelican? Make a flipbook showing what you think a banana-pusher looks like in flight? What sounds can you imagine this bird making?

yellow dot(9k) Talking about toucans

yellow dot(9k) Where does the toucan hang out?

yellow dot(9k) Animal Adaptations




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