Archive for 'Ramphastidae'

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

This species looks very similar to chestnut-mandibled and yellow-throated toucans, but as the name implies this species only exists in the Chocó region, the Pacific slopes, of Ecuador and Colombia. As with other toucan species it loves handouts of fruits and is a frequent visitor to feeding stations providing favorite fruits like banana and papaya. […]

Pale-mandibled Araçari (Pteroglossus torquatus ssp. erythropygius)

Pale-mandibled Araçari (Pteroglossus torquatus ssp. erythropygius)

A striking species that, together with toucans, is a frequent visitor to feeding stations serving bananas and papaya. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 1400 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

Pale-mandibled Araçari (Pteroglossus torquatus ssp. erythropygius)

Pale-mandibled Araçari (Pteroglossus torquatus ssp. erythropygius)

A severely damaged lower mandible with a part missing – perhaps from a fight with a predator. Fortunately the tip of the beak is intact and thus it can grab any food and continue eating like normal, which is to swing the beak fast upwards so the fruit will fly up in the air so […]

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

This species looks very similar to chestnut-mandibled and yellow-throated toucans, but as the name implies this species only exists in the Chocó region, the Pacific slopes, of Ecuador and Colombia. As with other toucan species it loves handouts of fruits and is a frequent visitor to feeding stations providing favorite fruits like banana and papaya. […]

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

Chocó Toucan (Ramphastos brevis)

A typical posture when in an agitated or exited state. Here I’m level with the bird up in the canopy, which is the best way to see the world as they do. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1034 meters Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 560 Shutter speed: 1/640 s

Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)

Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)

With its green plumage the crimson-rumped toucanet blends in perfectly with the canopy, and can be hard to see. It will happily visit feeding stations and is common in its range, but I only encountered it twice during my visit. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1310 meters Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm […]

Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)

Crimson-rumped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus haematopygus)

With its green plumage the crimson-rumped toucanet blends in perfectly with the canopy, and can be hard to see. It will happily visit feeding stations and is common in its range, but I only encountered it twice during my visit. It sounds like this: Elevation: 1749 meters Aperture: ƒ/4.5 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm […]

Collared aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)

Collared aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)

A brief moment of togetherness. Birds are constantly on the move and capturing them sitting seemingly together is not straightforward, and would have been a very brief situation in a movie. I caught them during a foraging in a downpour, which made everything wet and messy. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 […]

Chestnut-mandibled toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii)

Yellow-throated toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus)

One of the 6 incredibly beautiful toucan species in Costa Rica, and one that happily eats human offerings like bananas, and here it has a sizable chunk on its way down the hatch. It sounds like this: Elevation: 73 meters Aperture: ƒ/4 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 1100 Shutter speed: 1/1600 s

Collared aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)

One of several species of Toucan found in Costa Rica. If you have papaya or bananas growing or laying around, they will definitely come. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: NIKON D5 Focal length: 700mm ISO: 1400 Shutter speed: 1/400 s

Yellow-throated toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus)

One of the 6 incredibly beautiful toucan species in Costa Rica, and one that happily eats human offerings like fruits. They have a diverse menu, ranging from insects, reptiles, amphibians, eggs to all kinds of fruit species. Being fruit eaters, they are important seed dispersers, and as such one of many species upholding the diversity […]

Saffron Toucanet (Pteroglossus bailloni)

Minutes ago I encountered three of them in a Secropia. Now they’re down to two and doing what really matters! As Itatiaia is one of the few strongholds of this species, all mating pairs are incredibly important! This species is near threatened, as its habitat, the fragmented remains of the Atlantic forest, is under constant […]

Saffron Toucanet (Pteroglossus bailloni)

This group had a very brief stop on the moss and lichen clad Secropia trunk. A few minutes later I realize this is part of a mating competition. This species is near threatened, as its habitat, the fragmented remains of the Atlantic forest, is under constant pressure. Altitude: 1021 metres. It sounds like this: Aperture: […]

Green-billed Toucan (Ramphastos dicolorus)

Just minutes after my arrival at Hotel do Ype in Itatiaia I found this beautiful bird on its way to a fruiting tree nearby. The hotel is an excellent place to see birds at this elevation, and you can simply find a spot anywhere on the property and let the birds come, as I did […]

Red-necked Aracari (Pteroglossus bitorquatus)

Cristalino Jungle Lodge has erected 2 canopy towers, and this is from the western one. This is the only way to see the life up here, and many species never venture to the ground. You have a fantastic view from here, but that too is a problem, as many birds are very far away and […]

Curl-crested Aracari (Pteroglossus beauharnaesii)

A bird with a “hairdo”! Unfortunately I did not have a close encounter of this species while in Cristalino Jungle Lodge, so you can just vaguely see the unusual curly head feathers in this photo. It sounds like this: Aperture: ƒ/6.3 Camera: NIKON D4 Focal length: 500mm ISO: 100 Shutter speed: 1/125 s

Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco)

Although this toucan species is common, it’s nonetheless stunningly beautiful. It singing in this dead tree, basked in the soft light of the setting sun does not make it any less beautiful. This location is deep inside the property of Pousada Xaraés, and there is no way for a visitor to find the way back […]

Emerald (Andean) Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus prasinus albivitta)

Even though some birds are quite large, their behavior is often to stay in the canopy and are thus only partly visible. Sometimes they are fully visible only when in flight. My one day at Tinalandia only offered one sighting of the emerald Toucanet, and this is most visible position it offered! If it didn’t […]