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Tiago the Toco Toucan
About this creation
Let me introduce you to Tiago the Toco Toucan, an addition to my Tropical Bird Series.

Toucans are one of my favourite birds and I hope I have done them justice with this creation.

Tiago was a very difficult build, it took a very long time to end up with a beak I was happy with. The shape is very hard to create.

Here's some interesting information about Toco Toucans;

The Toco toucan is at home in South America's tropical forests but recognized everywhere. The toucan's oversized, colorful bill has made it one of the world's most popular birds.

The 7.5-inch-long (19-centimeter-long) bill may be seen as a desirable mating trait, but if so, it is one that both male and female toucans possess. In fact, both sexes use their bills to catch tasty morsels and pitch them to one another during a mating ritual fruit toss.

As a weapon, the bill is a bit more show than substance. It is a honeycomb of bone that actually contains a lot of air. While its size may deter predators, it is of little use in combating them.

But the toucan's bill is useful as a feeding tool. The birds use them to reach fruit on branches that are too small to support their weight, and also to skin their pickings. In addition to fruit, Toco toucans eat insects and, sometimes, young birds, eggs, or lizards.

Toco toucans live in small flocks of about six birds. Their bright colors actually provide good camouflage in the dappled light of the rain forest canopy. However, the birds commonly keep up a racket of vocalization, which suggests that they are not trying to remain hidden.

Toucans nest in tree holes. They usually have two to four eggs each year, which both parents care for. Young toucans do not have a large bill at birth—it grows as they develop and does not become full size for several months.

These iconic birds are very popular pets, and many are captured to supply demand for this trade. They are also familiar commercial mascots known for hawking stout, cereal, and other products. Indigenous peoples regard the bird with a more sacred eye; they are traditionally seen as conduits between the worlds of the living and the spirits.









You can turn Tiago's head















His beak opens and closes



I added long red tongue for fun :-P















I hope you like Tiago, he is now one of new favourite bird builds.
Tiago's totally tropical :-)

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Thanks for checking out Tiago the Toco Toucan, do you like him?



Comments

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  December 3, 2012
Wow, this is probably my favorite bird MOC of yours-- it's fantastic! The beak is a wonderful feat in and of itself, colored beautifully, but the body and the perch are without a doubt maintain the same level of quality. I don't have any reservations in calling this an example of creature sculpting perfection.
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  November 21, 2012
Ok, perfection again!... Every detail is lovely, as well as your studded layers technique. Beautiful.
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  September 3, 2012
Very nice. It really looks realistic.
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  August 30, 2012
Positively amazing. Eye candy right down to the toadstools. Brilliant...
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  August 29, 2012
Absolutely fantastic!
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  August 27, 2012
Amazing bird!I like the size and the colours.5/5 for sure!:)
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  August 27, 2012
Oh! Great toucan, great job! It's perfect, again!
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  August 24, 2012
Great shaping, sculpting, and contouring used!
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  August 23, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  August 22, 2012
WOW That is a amazing build I'm very impressed! My rating on him is up on the very top! ~Eve~
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  August 22, 2012
Speechless... This Toucan is SO beautiful. A masterpiece, really. I put him on the first place with the owl. Impressive build!!
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  August 21, 2012
Amazing!
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  August 21, 2012
Awesome! I love your birds.
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  August 21, 2012
Quoting E. B. Great work! Love the shape of the beak!
Thanks E.B!
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  August 21, 2012
Great work! Love the shape of the beak!
DeTomaso Pantera
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Jimbob Doodlesticks
  August 20, 2012
this is my favorite one of all your birds!!!!! i absolutely love this
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Impressive!
Thank you Shifu!
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . Methinks its toucantastic! =P Nifty beak and coloring.
Toucantastic :-)
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting António Silva Great work! Congrats!
Thanks Antonio!
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting Deus the architect Trully amazing and extremly beautiful !
Thanks Deus!
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting Dohoon Kim Yay! It's done! I love this! Great details! Also, thanks for all the information on the bird! I would've never done my own research. :p Excellent job anyway!
No probs Dohoon, it's interesting isn't it :-)
 I like it 
  August 20, 2012
Impressive!
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  August 20, 2012
Methinks its toucantastic! =P Nifty beak and coloring.
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  August 20, 2012
Great work! Congrats!
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  August 20, 2012
Trully amazing and extremly beautiful !
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  August 20, 2012
Yay! It's done! I love this! Great details! Also, thanks for all the information on the bird! I would've never done my own research. :p Excellent job anyway!
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting Hans Dendauw NPD I have been meaning to comment on all of these fantastic birds that you keep pumping out and tonight is the night! Love the yellow, orange and red transition on the beak.~H
Thanks Hans, if you look closely you can see that I used two different shades of orange on his beak too. Tiago is happy that you like him °V°
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting The Timinater ! fantastic design! love the beak and body especially!
Thanks Tim, so you basically like all of him? lol °V°
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting Daniel Brilliant That is just awesome!
Cheers Daniel °V°
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= That beak is something else isn't it! Your birds have so much character and this one is no exception. Awesome work.
Glad you like Tiago Leda! I think getting their character right is the most important detail °V°
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting Justin M Stunning job my friend!
Thanks Justin °V°
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting Matthew Oh Love it! I love the beak! Great curves! This is one of my altime favorite birds! Keep up the great work! Can't wait to see the next bird!
Thanks Matthew, it's one of my all time faves too °V°
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Brilliant work, I like the sculpting on this guy. The beak is especially cool.
Thanks Luke °V°
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  August 20, 2012
Quoting Lego Builders Brilliant! I really like the beak. I think this is one of your best yet - why do I always say that every time you post a new bird? 5/5 -LB Jr.
Haha thanks LB! Hopefully I can keep improving them (°v°)
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  August 20, 2012
I have been meaning to comment on all of these fantastic birds that you keep pumping out and tonight is the night! Love the yellow, orange and red transition on the beak.~H
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  August 20, 2012
fantastic design! love the beak and body especially!
DeTomaso Pantera
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Chris Melby
  August 19, 2012
Woah! This makes me want to make a bowl of "fruit loops" ASAP! You should send a pic of him to Kellogs, who knows, they might commission you for a cereal box cover! Great one Tom, Z
DeTomaso Pantera
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White Knight
  August 19, 2012
Beautiful specimen ! Nicely done !>.....
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  August 19, 2012
Tiago is totally awesome!
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  August 19, 2012
That is just awesome!
 I like it 
  August 19, 2012
That beak is something else isn't it! Your birds have so much character and this one is no exception. Awesome work.
 I like it 
  August 19, 2012
Stunning job my friend!
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  August 19, 2012
Love it! I love the beak! Great curves! This is one of my altime favorite birds! Keep up the great work! Can't wait to see the next bird!
 I like it 
  August 19, 2012
Brilliant work, I like the sculpting on this guy. The beak is especially cool.
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  August 19, 2012
Brilliant! I really like the beak. I think this is one of your best yet - why do I always say that every time you post a new bird? 5/5 -LB Jr.
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting Mark Kelso Oh, man...I have a new fav. Love Toco's. I'd really like to see what you could do with varieties of Hornbills! NICE!
Thank Mark! I'm going to build his cousin Henrico some time soon :-)
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  August 19, 2012
Oh, man...I have a new fav. Love Toco's. I'd really like to see what you could do with varieties of Hornbills! NICE!
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting William Pugh Very nice! I absolutely love toucans... my friend had one as a pet (she was captive bred though, so she was very at home and luckily not taken from the wild) and had the biggest crush on me for some reason. They are wonderful birds. Very curious, playful, and outgoing. And, as a fun fact, did you know they use their bill as a saw to cut up fruits and the small animals they catch? Pretty gruesome for such a beautiful bird... Anyways, great build! Definitely my favorite of yours!
Thanks, I love them, I had the pleasure of meeting one when I went to Brazil. It was in an animal sanctuaray in Foz do Iguacu. He came up and pecked me on the hand, they are very intriguing and inquisitive birds and are very agile with their giant beaks :-)
  August 19, 2012
Very nice! I absolutely love toucans... my friend had one as a pet (she was captive bred though, so she was very at home and luckily not taken from the wild) and had the biggest crush on me for some reason. They are wonderful birds. Very curious, playful, and outgoing. And, as a fun fact, did you know they use their bill as a saw to cut up fruits and the small animals they catch? Pretty gruesome for such a beautiful bird... Anyways, great build! Definitely my favorite of yours!
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting Gale Winthrope Lovely. Such wonderful work. Hey, did I spy with my little eye a blue lightsaber as the only thing keeping that head on?! Is so that's quite incredible! The shaping of this bird is all around spectacular and I love that beak. Well done again. This is definitely one of my favorite birds from you.
You have a very keen eye, yes it's true, a 3 long trans light blue lightsaber holds his whole head on, I was quite impressed with myself when I worked that device out. He was a real challenge to build, I'm glad you like him so much :-)
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting Quad ????? "Ah Ah, Ee Ee, Tooky Tooky!" LOL. Amazing job dude. This is just spot on! Though I have to say I was a little bit disappointed to find you didn't add a picture of your little toucan with the big one.
Yeah that would have been good! I built two Guinness pints for his beak but forgot to take pictures, I will take some tomorrow and edit the page :-)
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting George G. "Tiagos head is held on by just a lightsabre, It's very strong" Then I guess you could say that the force is strong with this one :P
Good one GG! I was thinking that :-) It's a 3 long lightsabre too, very strong :-)
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  August 19, 2012
Lovely. Such wonderful work. Hey, did I spy with my little eye a blue lightsaber as the only thing keeping that head on?! Is so that's quite incredible! The shaping of this bird is all around spectacular and I love that beak. Well done again. This is definitely one of my favorite birds from you.
 I like it 
  August 19, 2012
"Ah Ah, Ee Ee, Tooky Tooky!" LOL. Amazing job dude. This is just spot on! Though I have to say I was a little bit disappointed to find you didn't add a picture of your little toucan with the big one.
  August 19, 2012
"Tiagos head is held on by just a lightsabre, It's very strong" Then I guess you could say that the force is strong with this one :P
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting Alex B(on vacation) He's beautiful! Great job!
Thanks Alex, glad you like him!
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  August 19, 2012
He's beautiful! Great job!
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting George G. This is unbelievable! How is that beak not overbalancing and snapping off?! You are the master of the brick-birds! Keep up the great work :) GG
Cheers GG! Tiagos head is held on by just a lightsabre, It's very strong, you can see the connection in one of the pics if you have a keen eye ;-)
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting Austin Durick Very interesting bird, I absolutley love the beak, possibly your best yet!.
Thanks Austin!
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting Marcus Paul Fantastic, especially the beak is amazing!
Thanks Marcus!
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  August 19, 2012
This is unbelievable! How is that beak not overbalancing and snapping off?! You are the master of the brick-birds! Keep up the great work :) GG
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  August 19, 2012
Very interesting bird, I absolutley love the beak, possibly your best yet!.
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  August 19, 2012
Fantastic, especially the beak is amazing!
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Amazing. The subtle colour changes in the beak are brilliant. The whole build is brilliant.
Thanks Joe! Very glad you like him :-)
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Amazing work, especially on the bill. And thanks for the interesting and informative write-up.
Thanks NB! That's a pleasure :-)
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting StoveTop Creator Wow... Talk about a bird on a perch! Stupendous! :)
Hehe thanks Stovey :-)
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  August 19, 2012
Amazing. The subtle colour changes in the beak are brilliant. The whole build is brilliant.
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  August 19, 2012
Amazing work, especially on the bill. And thanks for the interesting and informative write-up.
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Woah! This makes me want to make a bowl of "fruit loops" ASAP! You should send a pic of him to Kellogs, who knows, they might commission you for a cereal box cover! Great one Tom, Z
Haha that's a good idea Chris, thanks!
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  August 19, 2012
Wow... Talk about a bird on a perch! Stupendous! :)
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting David Roberts A wonderful bit of sculpture in Lego. Tucans are magical and bring a smile to my face. Your bird has lots of character and looks like it's about to hop off in search of food. The work on the beak is great, especially with the added features of opening and the tongue is great fun. Brilliant!
Thanks! Toucans make me happy too :-)
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith Top toucan.
Cheers David :-)
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  August 19, 2012
A wonderful bit of sculpture in Lego. Tucans are magical and bring a smile to my face. Your bird has lots of character and looks like it's about to hop off in search of food. The work on the beak is great, especially with the added features of opening and the tongue is great fun. Brilliant!
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  August 19, 2012
Top toucan.
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Without a doubt, the best bird you have made. I remember you saying the Toucan was one of your favourites, and it is a very pretty bird. I have to say, you definitely did it justice. Fantastic build!
Thanks for the compliment Starscream!
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  August 19, 2012
Without a doubt, the best bird you have made. I remember you saying the Toucan was one of your favourites, and it is a very pretty bird. I have to say, you definitely did it justice. Fantastic build!
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting Fritz K . Wonderful bird, Tom!
Thanks Fritz :-)
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting White Knight Beautiful specimen ! Nicely done !>.....
Thanks WK!!
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  August 19, 2012
Quoting Ape Fight The best one yet, other than the Snowy Owl. Great stuff
Thanks Ape, they are two of my favourites too!
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  August 19, 2012
Wonderful bird, Tom!
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  August 19, 2012
The best one yet, other than the Snowy Owl. Great stuff
 
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