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The toucan puffin is a small, piscivorous, insectivorous bird native to the outer islands of the eastern Fire Nation.

Anatomy

While mostly black-feathered, the toucan puffin has a white belly and a blue breast with white spots around the eyes. Its most distinctive feature is its large, colorful beak banded in red with a black tip.

Behavior

The toucan puffin is known to be extremely friendly. While it has the ability to fly, it rarely ever does so, preferring to spend most of the day sleeping or hunting for food on the ground. It can commonly be seen on rocks in coastal areas, usually near the caverns where its primary food source, the cavehopper, often resides.[1]

Connection

The toucan puffin is based on the toucan, in regards to its beak, and the puffin, in terms of its body. The puffin, a sea bird in the auk family, has black and white plumage and a brightly colored beak during breeding season. Its wings are adapted for swimming and it feeds primarily by diving for fish and zooplankton. The toucan is an arboreal tropical bird with a large and colorful beak. It eats mostly fruit but will occasionally eat insects and small lizards.

Trivia

  • When Sokka mentioned that Team Avatar was in enemy territory, he called a group of toucan puffins "enemy birds".[2]

References

  1. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  2. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (September 28, 2007). "The Headband". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 2. Nickelodeon.

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