Toucan Symbolism & Meaning
The Toucan has a lot to boast about with its bright orange beak measuring 8” long, which is approximately 1/3 of the Toucan’s total measurement from tip to tail. You would think the bird would tip over with such a substantial beak, but the Toucan received a gift from nature–keratin with air pockets. Such a structure means their beak doesn’t weigh much at all. Lightness of spirit is one of Toucan’s attributes.
If you observe Toucans when they sleep, you will see them tuck their beak underneath their feathers. The beak regulates blood flow, which adjusts body temperature. The greater the blood flow, the more heat comes out of the mandible. Toucan has a built-in furnace, giving them some associations with the Fire Element.
Toucan Table of Contents
- Toucan Symbolism & Meaning
- Toucan Spirit Animal
- Toucan Totem Animal
- Toucan Power Animal
- Toucan as a Latin & South American Symbol
- Toucan Dreams
- Toucan in Astrology & Zodiac Signs
- Back to all Birds
- Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings
Toucan Symbolism & Meaning
Much of the Toucan’s existence depends on its unique beak. It plucks and peels delicate fruit, which is the vast majority of their diet. The tongue within catches insects and small reptiles. The Toucan beak is central to survival. In human terms, the importance reflects the phrase, “you are what you eat.” You can choose what your proverbial beak harvests for well being.
To digest their meals, the Toucan spar using their bills. They may play tag for up to 75 minutes before the Toucan can feed again. The same behaviors appear to have significance in establishing dominance too. You know how mom said to wait after eating before going in the pool? The Toucan has a similar version, only with a lot of land activity.
Toucans aren’t showy fliers. They’re not great at flying at all. If they take to the air, they first flap forcefully, then glide. They are the “puddle jumpers” among birds. Even so, brief flights get them where they want. Toucan feels no need to impress.
For a home, Toucans seek a hollow tree. There, it will live with several other Toucans. They don’t mind the tight space at all, being very social. Even mated pairs return to the hollow after their offspring hatch.
Speaking of mating, Toucans present positive, cooperative parenting. Both the male and female Toucan incubate the eggs. After hatching, the two continue with devoted care. Thankfully, the young aren’t born with a huge beak. It grows with them so they can adjust to the size through experience.
Toucans are native to South America in savannas and tropical regions. They appear throughout Central and South America, too, including Argentina. While they prefer lowland living, some species live up to the tree line in the Andes, illustrating adaptability.
Toucan Spirit Animal
When the Toucan comes to you as a Spirit Animal and Guide, it speaks of celebrating your gifts. Perhaps you are shy or uncertain about an aptitude (like singing). Toucan medicine nudges you out of hiding. There will always be room for improvement, but for now, you’re doing great! Take a step into the spotlight for a while.
Along the same lines, you may feel you don’t get the attention you want, need, and deserve. You feel lonely and disconnected. Part of the problem here is wearing too many masks. People can’t see your genuine beauty if you never reveal your authentic self. Toucan helps you sort out your feelings and work on bolstering your self-esteem.
With a flair for the dramatic, Toucan is wholly theatrical. The Toucan Spirit Animal thinks of people in the entertainment world as special. So when stage fright or other creative blockages consume your thoughts, you will find Toucan there assuaging any doubts you have.
Similarly, Toucan loves the arts. If Toucan has appeared as your Spirit Animal, it’s time to get your creativity cracking. Writers, pull out your dusty novel and keep going. If you are a minstrel, tell your tales filled with teachings and inspiration. No matter the setting, the Toucan Spirit Animal wants you to lift your voice and vision because you have a distinct take on the world, one worthy of sharing.
Toucan Totem Animal
People born with the Toucan Totem Animal know how to communicate in many forms. They can write the ultimate reference letter, dance and tell an entire story without words, and stand on the stage of life with great confidence. The spotlight is the perfect place for the Toucan-born, as they love being around people as often as possible, but smaller groups work out better emotionally.
If Toucan is your Birth Totem, you dream of traveling far and wide, seeing every nook and cranny in the world. Yet your love of hearth and home keeps you rooted most of the time. Staying nearby doesn’t hamper your jazzy flair. You are wholly unpredictable, much to your enjoyment. Your motto might well be, “it’s ok being me.”
Staying true to yourself is essential in your life’s framework. Sometimes so doing means being judged harshly by others. You take their criticism with a huge grain of salt. But you recognize your words periodically come tumbling out of your mouth before you think. In such instances, you take responsibility and work it out.
It is usual for people with a Toucan Totem Animal to spread their energy in too many directions. So many things catch your eye or capture your heart. It’s hard to say no. Remain aware of the temptation and prioritize so you don’t burn out.
Toucan Power Animal
When you feel your confidence waning, you could not ask for a better Power Animal than the Toucan. Reach down into the depth of your spirit and take counsel. The Toucan inspires a commanding presence bringing the attention you crave.
Another ideal time for calling on your inner Toucan Power Animal is when your luck has gone from bad to worse. It seems as if not a day goes by without something going wrong. Your Toucan Power Animal’s vibrations attract good fortune. Watch your frown turn upside down as you work with Toucan Medicine.
Native American Toucan Symbolic Meanings
You will sometimes see the Toucan carved into Native totem poles. As an Animal Helper, Toucan represents effective communication and personal flair. Because of the bird’s colorful beak, it symbolizes wanting people to hear you not just see you.
Toucan as a Latin & South American Symbol
In Latin America, Toucan has a strong spiritual aspect. Some tribes felt the Toucan could move between the worlds. Finding a Toucan feather brings luck and inspires beauty. Toucan embodies self-confidence (thanks to being so noisy).
South American tribes consider Toucan a sacred bird. Similar to the Latin American views, Toucan traveled between the spirit world and the realm of the living. Toucan became a messenger for both. Among the Aztecs, stories say the Toucan’s beak formed from a rainbow. The Gods appointed the Toucan with a beautiful feature for being trustworthy stewards. Toucan’s association with the rainbow brought about worshiping the bird when praying for rain.
Dream symbolism sometimes includes puns. So, if the Toucan appears in your dream, it may represent the words “two can.” The message here is one of partnership. If you have been struggling alone on a project, it’s time to find some help. A cooperative effort leads to success.
If the Toucan in your dream takes a brief flight, it acts as a reminder-not all steps need to be bold and big. Little efforts can be highly productive and fulfilling. For now, take a short hop. There will be plenty of time for the limelight later.
Toucans gathered in a group making a loud noise portends an argument with or gossip coming from an organization of some sort with whom you have an affiliation. Nothing they say is true, so don’t let it seep into your spirit. The tittering will not last long, and then karma will have its way.
Two Toucans in your dream are an emblem of a budding relationship. You may have already met a person. If not, you will soon. The individual has all the makings of a soul mate. Just take it slow. Moving too fast can disrupt the energy between you.
Seeing a baby Toucan in the nest symbolizes a dream you haven’t gotten off the ground yet. Don’t be impatient. Ideas need simmering and seasoning to perfection. When the time is right, your vision takes to flight in surprising ways.
Toucan in Astrology & Zodiac Signs
The Magellan Cloud has a constellation named Tucana within it. It shares cloud space with 88 other constellations (Toucans like mingling). Compared to other night sky patterns in the region, Tucana is smack dab in the middle size-wise. The body of the constellation comprises six stars. In Numerology, six is the number of nurturing, harmony, healing, protection, and teaching.
Toucan Symbolic Meanings Key
- Creative Arts
- Devoted Parenting
- Extroverted Communication
- Overcoming Blockage
- Self Confidence