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A Slideshow of our Birds in Brasil

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Toucans



Toucans of the family Ramphastidae vary in length from 30 to 61 cm, They range from Vera Cruz in Mexico to Southern Brasil, Northern Argentina and Paraguay.

These toucans have an enormous laterally compressed bill and an enormous name too, Toco Toucan.

They are sometimes difficult to photograph because they make very little noise flying. It is only when they are overhead or almost past you realize they are toucans.




This toucan is flying over our house. I was lucky enough to have my camera with me at the time.




The following toucans were photographed in a nature preserve in Foz do Iguaccu (at Itaipu), in Paraná State in Southern Brasil.




These particular toucans are very tame as they are protected and see many people daily.




This fellow is magnificently coloured.




Toucans are mostly forest birds. Their large bills permit them tio reach far for fruit.




We have several toucans in and around Águas da Prata. They are frequently seen flying overhead on their way to the forests around town. They nest high up in trees using natural holes or enlarged woodpecker holes.




Photos by Urso Branco

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