Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Collared Aracari

Our friends Claudia and Bill have lived in Cerro Azul for about four years, and they feed a lot of birds in their yard. Their property is adjacent to a large swath of the Chagres National Park. They tell us it can take some time for the animals to get used to the new food sources. Our feeders have been great fun for us so far, limited though they are, but compared to Bill and Claudia's - well, it's night and day. We hope to eventually have similar success in our yard, with toucans coming to the feeders.

The Collared Aracari, Pteroglossus torquatus, is a toucan, a near-passerine bird which breeds from southern Mexico to Panama; also Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. Les's video (below) was shot from just inside Claudia and Bill's living room - only a few feet away from the feeders.

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