Toucan vs. Parrot - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Toucan and Parrot is that the Toucan is a family of birds and Parrot is a order of birds.

Wikipedia

  • Toucan

    Toucans (, UK: ) are members of the Neotropical near passerine bird family Ramphastidae. The Ramphastidae are most closely related to the American barbets. They are brightly marked and have large, often-colorful bills. The family includes five genera and over forty different species. Toucans are arboreal and typically lay 2–21 white eggs in their nests. They make their nests in tree hollows and holes excavated by other animals such as woodpeckers—the toucan bill has very limited use as an excavation tool. When the eggs hatch, the young emerge completely naked, without any down. Toucans are resident breeders and do not migrate. Toucans are usually found in pairs or small flocks. They sometimes fence with their bills and wrestle, which scientists hypothesize they do to establish dominance hierarchies.

  • Parrot

    Parrots, also known as psittacines , are birds of the roughly 393 species in 92 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes, found in most tropical and subtropical regions. The order is subdivided into three superfamilies: the Psittacoidea ("true" parrots), the Cacatuoidea (cockatoos), and the Strigopoidea (New Zealand parrots). Parrots have a generally pantropical distribution with several species inhabiting temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere, as well. The greatest diversity of parrots is in South America and Australasia. Characteristic features of parrots include a strong, curved bill, an upright stance, strong legs, and clawed zygodactyl feet. Many parrots are vividly coloured, and some are multi-coloured. Most parrots exhibit little or no sexual dimorphism in the visual spectrum. They form the most variably sized bird order in terms of length. The most important components of most parrots' diets are seeds, nuts, fruit, buds, and other plant material. A few species sometimes eat animals and carrion, while the lories and lorikeets are specialised for feeding on floral nectar and soft fruits. Almost all parrots nest in tree hollows (or nest boxes in captivity), and lay white eggs from which hatch altricial (helpless) young. Parrots, along with ravens, crows, jays, and magpies, are among the most intelligent birds, and the ability of some species to imitate human voices enhances their popularity as pets. Trapping wild parrots for the pet trade, as well as hunting, habitat loss, and competition from invasive species, has diminished wild populations, with parrots being subjected to more exploitation than any other group of birds. Measures taken to conserve the habitats of some high-profile charismatic species have also protected many of the less charismatic species living in the same ecosystems.

Wiktionary

  • Toucan (noun)

    Any of various neotropical frugivorous birds from the family Ramphastidae, with a large colorful beak.

  • Parrot (noun)

    A kind of bird, many species of which are colourful and able to mimic human speech, of the order Psittaciformes or (narrowly) of the family Psittacidae.

    "I bought a wonderful parrot at the pet store."

  • Parrot (noun)

    A parroter; a person who repeats the words or ideas of others.

    "What kind of a parrot are you? He just said that."

  • Parrot (noun)

    A puffin.

  • Parrot (noun)

    Channel coal.

  • Parrot (verb)

    To repeat (exactly what has just been said) without necessarily showing understanding, in the manner of a parrot.

    "The interviewee merely parroted the views of her tabloid."

Webster Dictionary

  • Toucan (noun)

    Any one of numerous species of fruit-eating birds of tropical America belonging to Ramphastos, Pteroglossus, and allied genera of the family Ramphastidæ. They have a very large, but light and thin, beak, often nearly as long as the body itself. Most of the species are brilliantly colored with red, yellow, white, and black in striking contrast.

  • Toucan (noun)

    A modern constellation of the southern hemisphere.

  • Parrot (noun)

    In a general sense, any bird of the order Psittaci.

  • Parrot (noun)

    Any species of Psittacus, Chrysotis, Pionus, and other genera of the family Psittacidæ, as distinguished from the parrakeets, macaws, and lories. They have a short rounded or even tail, and often a naked space on the cheeks. The gray parrot, or jako (Psittacus erithacus) of Africa (see Jako), and the species of Amazon, or green, parrots (Chrysotis) of America, are examples. Many species, as cage birds, readily learn to imitate sounds, and to repeat words and phrases.

  • Parrot

    To repeat by rote, without understanding, as a parrot.

  • Parrot (verb)

    To chatter like a parrot.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Toucan (noun)

    brilliantly colored arboreal fruit-eating bird of tropical America having a very large thin-walled beak

  • Parrot (noun)

    usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds

  • Parrot (noun)

    a copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated

  • Parrot (verb)

    repeat mindlessly;

    "The students parroted the teacher's words"

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