Definition of toucan in US English:



  • A tropical American fruit-eating bird with a massive bill and typically brightly colored plumage.

    Genera Ramphastos and Andigena, family Ramphastidae: several species

    • ‘Mexico is home to toucans, vultures, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, parrots, macaws, and quetzals.’
    • ‘Experienced guides can help you spot resplendent quetzal, emerald toucan, green sea turtle, and howler monkey.’
    • ‘Other cages house an older toucan and a pair of parrots.’
    • ‘The quetzals have nowhere to go, so they nest in tree cavities within easy reach of the toucans who feast on quetzal eggs and chicks.’
    • ‘Of course, year-round residents also make their homes among the bright red coffee cherries, including jays, wood creepers, hummingbirds, toucans, parrots, parakeets and other species.’


Mid 16th century: via French and Portuguese from Tupi tucan, imitative of its call.