Chrissann, a fellow toco toucan owner (of 3 actually), passed this food chart onto me that she found, it’s from the Toucan Husbandry Manual of the Riverbanks Zoo.
This is a complete food feeding guide for Green Aracari.
Although it doesn’t say it’s specifically a food chart for toucans, it’s pretty darn close for what you’re going to find out there on toucans. And if you go through the chart, it pretty much lists toucans in conjunction to everything so I really believe it applies and is a safe and very effective chart to go by for pet toucans in captivity. Otherwise I wouldn’t be sharing it.
I actually used it today when we were served lunch and they had used star fruit as decoration on the platters. I pulled up my foot chart and looked it up right away!
I’m realizing with our Swainson Toucan, Fiji, I was a lot more willing to experiment when it came to new foods. With Rocko, our Toco Toucan, I am much more hesitant due to everything. I was talking with a bird store owner just the other day about lorikeets and how similar their diets are to toucans as well as how messy their stools are as it’s all fruit and nectar that they’re consuming – and like toucans – no Vitamin C because it enables the body to absorb iron. Lorikeets and toucans… hmmm…
I also read an article today stating that there are 40 different species of toucans and found it a really good read when talking about aracari and toucanets as well. Here is the article for those of you interested in toucans, “The Bill With a Bird“.
And the one toucan website I think won’t ever point any toucan owner in the wrong direction is definitely Emerald Forests Birds. They have lots of info on toucans so definitely check them out if you’re deeply invested in the interests of toucans thriving in captivity.