Toucan Birds & Parrots...
Famous Feathers of Costa Rica


And by "Toucan Birds" of course...

We're referring, not only to beautiful species like the keel-billed and chestnut-mandibled varieties, two popular kinds of toucans living here in Costa Rica...

But also ones like "collared & fiery-billed" aracaris, and emerald toucanets too - which despite their less familiar names...

Are different, smaller versions of toucans - somewhat how a parakeet relates, to a parrot.

And speaking of which...

Orange-Chinned Parakeets, in Northern Alajuela
Orange-Chinned Parakeets in Northern Alajuela Province

Parrots and parakeets (smaller versions of parrots) too - can be found on the Rich Coast...

Especially macaws - both the scarlet, seen in various places along the Pacific coastline, and the great-green - endangered, seen in just a few spots in the northern part of the country.

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Well, here on this page of the site...

Let's have a closer look at some of the various kinds of toucan birds and parrots of Costa Rica - with photos and fun information, about each one. Click on a link below, to keep reading...







Fiery-Billed Aracari

Tucancillo Piquinaranja   |   Pteroglossus frantzii

First-time-ever, seeing fiery-billed aracaris in Costa Rica...

Was exactly where I'd heard you could see them - along the country's South Pacific coast (you can see them along the southern coast of Panama, too).

Especially unique to this species of aracari...

Two Fiery Billed Aracaris in Dominical
Fiery-Billed Aracaris Near Dominical

Is a thick red band across their tummies, coupled with more red on their bills...

And also on their lower-back sides (as seen in the photo) - just above their tails.

Interesting about these birds - and all toucans, for that matter...

Is that their bills are made of a strong, yet very light weight (great for flying) protein called keratin.

More on their bills...

The serrated edge along under its upper portion, help aracaris to eat fruits, insects, lizards - even other bird's eggs! - and a number of other critters, residing amongst its lowland forest habitat.

Oh, and something about babies too...

Little aracaris are actually difficult to make out - given that their bills are quite pale, and lack that distinct "fiery" pattern. Also interesting, when it's time to go out looking for food...

Adult aracaris, take turns looking after each other's young.

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Fun Fact: This "fiery-billed" variety, is actually a hybrid of the collared aracari. And it only breeds along the Pacific slopes of Panama and Costa Rica.





Keel-Billed Toucan

Tucán   |   Ramphastos sulfuratus

One of the most beautiful and famous birds on earth - especially this variety...

The keel-billed or "rainbow-billed" toucan, with it's bright neon-colored beak and breast - colors red, orange, yellow, green - and even a little bit of blue...

A Mated Pair of Keel-Billed Toucan
A Keel-Billed Toucan

Is eye-catching, to say the very least.

Incredibly...

Its bill - roughly 8 inches long (~20 centimeters), about one third the length of its body...

Doesn't affect its balance.

How?

Well, much like we mentioned - with the aracari above, toucan bills are super light-weight, as are the keratin proteins they're composed of.

And yes. Given that their beaks are so light - it also helps them in flight - something they're very good at.

Still, they can't fly for too long, and it's common to see them move in short trips - from tree to tree.

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Fun Fact: Keel bills, are actually quite sociable. They're quite the extroverts - and its rare to see one, by itself.





Scarlet Macaw

Lapa Roja   |   Ara Macao

Thinking back...

Trips to the Corcovado National Park, on the Osa Peninsula - along the Pacific coastline, and even out on the Southern Nicoya, in Tambor...

It's difficult to recall, when after hearing that distinct *squawking*...

A Mated Pair of Scarlet Macaws
Scarlet Macaws, Mated for Life

Before looking up, and seeing a life-long mated pair of scarlet macaws - flying overhead...

Not just stopping, and staring...

In awe.

True to their name - predominately red or scarlet in color, and also - maize, indigo and white...

These gorgeous parrots - one of the most beautiful of the 17 different macaw species on Earth, have a maximum lifespan of more than seventy years.

It's one of the main reasons, why as sad as it is (these amazing creatures belong in the wild!) - people want them as pets.

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Fun Fact: Scarlets, and other macaws - are known to gather along riverbanks, to lick clay. Reason? They range from, helping digestion... to adding salt... to neutralizing toxins in the food they eat.