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Aves International

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Aves International



Ramphastos toco has a fairly easy breakdown of its classification.

Domain: Eukarya (Eukaryote, membrane-bound organelles, chromosomes are linear, most multicellular, Mitosis for cell division)

Kingdom: Animalia (heterotrophs without cell walls, locomotion is a distinctive characteristic)

Phylum: Chordata (Notochord, Dorsal tubular nerve cord, pharyngeal pouches, endotyle, and postanal tail sometime within lifetime)

Class: Aves (Disproportionately long neck, wings, feathers, air cavities in skeleton, beak with no teeth)

*Fun organisms within this class: Emperor and Macaroni Penguin and Caribbean Flamingo

Order: Piciformes (Arboreal, nest in cavities, feed on fruit, Zygodactyl feet)

Family: Ramphastidae (medium-large size birds, brightly colored and contrasting black, white, red, yellow, green and blue plumage, very large bills, bare skin around eyes, short rounded wings, long tail, strong legs)

Genus: Ramphastos (Largest of Toucans)

Species: Ramphastos toco (Largest Bills out of species within genus)

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Phylogenic Tree of the Toco Toucan relatives


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