Toucans are native to only a few tropical and sub-tropical regions in the world, including Central America, the southern portion of Mexico and the northern regions within South America, which includes Ecuador. Not all Toucans look like Toucan Sam (from the Froot Loops cereal boxes), although its species ranges in beautiful colors and sizes.
Ecuador actually has one of the highest bird diversity per square kilometer in the world (if not the highest). Tourists from all over the world go to the Ecuadorian Andes, Amazon, Coastal lowlands and Galapagos islands to see some of the most unique and beautiful wildlife on the planet.
There are various organizations in Ecuador aimed at the conservation of birds and their habitats, and promote sustainable development. Aves y Conservación (Birds and Conservation) is a partner of BirdLife International, which plays a key role in the conservation of the Toucan and many other birds in Ecuador and around the world.
Other than its beauty, the only thing that the Toucan has in common with Tagua Jewelry (or Tesoros of Ecuador) is the fact that you can sometimes find a Tagua nut that’s been carved into the shape of a Toucan.