The emerald toucan (Aulacorhynchus prasinus). San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica

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The emerald toucan (Aulacorhynchus prasinus), is one of the most beautiful birds in the rainforests; they live in the part of the canopy and edges of the forest; They can also be seen in cocoa plantations and even slightly wooded areas.


It is a piciform bird of the ramphastidae family, it resides in the mountainous areas of Mexico, Central America, the North of Venezuela and the Andes, extending to the south and the center of Bolivia. In Costa Rica it is distributed in intermediate elevations along the Caribbean and Pacific slopes.


It was first described in 1833 by John Gould, an English ornithologist who also classified many of the bird species that Charles Darwin collected during his travels. would return the best known species of its genus, the Aulacorhynchus.


They feed on fruits, insects and sometimes small lizards, eggs and pigeons.


One of the main places for observation in Costa Rica is the community of San Gerardo de Dota is one of the most beautiful regions of the country. It is located in the Central Valley and is located 85 km southwest of the city of San José, near the Inter-American Highway on the slopes of Cerro de la Muerte at 2,500 meters above sea level.


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What beautiful feathers colors and impressive beak ! ^_^

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I thought all toucans were black with the yellow breast and enormous almost cartoonish beaks. I didn't know they came with such beautiful plumage – this is a far more elegant fellow.

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