Archive for 'Ramphastidae'

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

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 […]