Going Wild: Toco ToucanUPDATED 10:36 PM HST Jun 13, 2014Video Transcript
Toco Toucans are best know as the fruit eating bird on Fruit Loops boxes. But there's something else in their diet that's turning heads. KITV 4's Ashley Moser is Going Wild with Cha Cha and Carlos at the Honolulu Zoo. 31-36 114-119 NAT tucan noise The sounds of a South American Toco Tucan. NAT tucan noise A sharp chirp from a piercingly beautiful bird. James 6:39 "THEY HAVE A REALLY BEAUTIFUL RED-YELLOW-ORANGE BILL AND A SHARP CONTRAST BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE." 6:45 Beneath the colorful surfaces there's a darker side. Birds like Cha Cha and Carlos eat much more than fruit loops. James 6:49 "A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT THE BEAK IS ALSO USED FOR REACHING DOWN INTO BIRD NESTS TO GRAB CHICKS SO A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT THESE BIRDS ARE ONLY FRUIT EATERS BUT THEY ALSO EAT OTHER BIRD SPECIES." 7:00 And over the years their beaks have adapted -- in shape -- to what they eat. Adding more space with little weight. James 12:06 "ONE OF THE MODIFICATIONS OF A TOCO TUCAN IS TO HAVE A REALLY HALLOW BEAK AND SO IT WOULD LOOK MUCH LIKE A HONEYCOMB." 12:14 Keepers say the lighter they are -- the easier it is for them to fly away with food. The Toco Tucans are also like woodpeckers in that they use their beaks to prepare nests for their young ones. And to promote reproduction - keepers have added man- made nest boxes to their exhibit. Standup Ashley 16:02 "AND TO CREATE THOSE NEST BOXES -- KEEPERS GRAB A PALM TREE CUT IT IN HALF, COMPLETELY HALLOW IT OUT TO HOPEFULLY PROMOTE SOME SUCCESSFUL NESTING." 16:12 James 8:01 "WE WILL ALSO PUT DIFFERENT TYPES OF MATERIAL INSIDE THE LOG SO THEY CAN BOTH SHARE IN TAKING OUT THE MATERIAL TO PREPARE THEM FOR NESTING." 8:09 Preparations that will hopefully pay off for future generations of Toco Tucan. Ashley Moser -- KITV 4 News. Cha Cha and Carlos have not successfully breeding but keepers say they are actively taking out pieces from the nest box as part of their courting ritual.