Swainson’s Toucan


Swainson’s toucans are a hardy species, and because they are intelligent and playful, they have become popular as pets, and are often seen in zoos. Swainson’s toucans are easy to care for and extremely playful.

Calm and gentle-natured, Swainson’s toucans are highly intelligent and can be taught a wide variety of tricks, including but not limited to playing catch and mid-air somersaults. They are intelligent and affectionate, enjoying spending time cuddling in their owners’ laps. Their antics are very entertaining, and they enjoy playing with many toys.

Behavior / Health Concerns

In general, the Swainson’s toucan is mild mannered and has a calm nature. It tends to get along well with other birds and can be housed even in a mixed aviary. Swainson’s toucans are highly active and need plenty of space to both fly and play; their cages should also have enough toys for entertainment. Their diet consists primarily of fruit in the wild, and the same should be replicated in captivity. Because citric acid facilitates the absorption of iron, it is recommended not to give this species any citric fruits. In addition to a wide variety of fruits, their diet should be supplemented with a low-iron protein source

Expert Advice

“Swainson’s toucans are second only to toco toucans in their calm nature and easy manner. Their great intelligence lends them to easy training, and they may be taught a variety of tricks, including playing catch and mid-air somersaults. Free-flying Swainson’s toucans can be potty trained to only go in their cage.”

Jerry Jennings, Emerald Forest Bird Gardens

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador
16 inches
Life Expectancy:
25 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Good trick ability