Fiery-billed Aracari -pair-
|Copyright: Luis Vargas (Chiza)
|Date Taken: 2009-12-29|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/50 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-01-01 13:02|
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|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]|
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
The Fiery-billed Aracari, Pteroglossus frantzii, is a toucan, a near-passerine bird which breeds only on the Pacific slopes of southern Costa Rica and western Panama. The binomial commemorates the German naturalist Alexander von Frantzius.
Like other toucans, the Fiery-billed Aracari is brightly marked and has a large bill. The adult is typically 43 cm long and weighs 250 g.
The sexes are alike in appearance, with a black head and chest and dark olive green upperparts, apart from a red rump and upper tail. There is reddish collar on the rear neck. The underparts are bright yellow, with a round black spot in the centre of the breast and a red band across the belly. The thighs are chestnut.
The bare facial skin is black, becoming ruddy behind the yellow eye. The upper mandible of the bill is bright orange, the lower mandible is black, and the legs are green.
Juvenile Fiery-billed Aracaris are much duller, with sooty-black head and brownish green upperparts. The red rump and yellow underparts are paler, and the breast spot, belly band and bill pattern are indistinct.
This species is similar to the closely-related Collared Aracari, Pteroglossus torquatus, with which it is sometimes considered conspecific. It differs from Collared in the orange upper mandible, red belly band, and larger dark breast spot.
The call of the Fiery-billed Aracari is a loud, sharp pseek, or keeseek, similar to that of Collared, but more often two-noted.
Small flocks, usually consisting of up to 10 birds, move through the forest with a rapid direct flight. This species is primarily an arboreal fruit-eater, but will also take insects, lizards, bird eggs, and other small prey.
The Fiery-billed Aracari is a common resident breeder in lowland forests and clearings. The two white eggs are laid in an old woodpecker nest, 6-30 m high in a tree. Both sexes incubate the eggs for about 16 days, and the toucan chicks remain in the nest after hatching. They are blind and naked at birth, and have short bills and specialised pads on their heels to protect them from the rough floor of the nest. They are fed by both parents, assisted by up to three other adults, probably from a previous brood, and fledge after about 6 weeks, with feeding by the adults continuing for several weeks after leaving the nest.
The aracaris are unusual for toucans in that they roost socially throughout the year, up to five adults and fledged young of this species sleeping in the same hole with their tails folded over their backs.
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nice capture, TFS Ori
- [2010-01-01 14:32]
Una captura espléndida, su contribución sobre cómo poner fin en 2010 se inicia en 2009, que es magnífico.
Una cálida Happy New Year, un año en 2010 mejor que 2009.
Esperamos que hermosa imagen de usted en noviembre.
Pero, sobre todo mucha salud, felicidad y bellas imágenes.
- [2010-01-01 14:47]
What a fantastic moment you photographed here. This pair of Fiery-billed Aracaris looks gorgeous. Perfect timing. Excellent sharpness, details and very beautiful natural colours. Good POV and composition.
Whishing you and your family all the best in 2010,
- [2010-01-01 19:38]
An awesome image of these Fiery-billed Aracai, I have never seen this particular bird before. The detail and exposure are excellent and the colors are simply gorgeous. Captured in their natural habitat with perfection!!
- [2010-01-01 22:29]
Nice capture of these interesting colorful birds.
- [2010-01-01 22:43]
Una muy buen y rara toma de este par de Aracaris cerca de su nido. Me gustan el POV, colores, nitidez y composición.
Saludos y tienes que un feliz 2010,
Incredible shot. Excellent interesting birds.
- [2010-01-02 10:16]
Hi Luis. I have to say this is the first time i have seen this bird so thanks for posting this pair on TN. I like the pose with the one looking into the tree hole. Its an amazing looking bird with its unusual markings and colours. Taken with fine detail and natural looking colours. All with interesting notes. TFS.
- [2010-01-02 12:04]
Bela espécie de tucano que eu nunca havia visto antes. Ótima composição e ângulo de tomada.
Até a próxima.
- [2010-01-03 3:40]
Interesting moment from life of this birds captured in yours picture.
Good colors and details.Well done.
beautiful photo of these (for me) exotic birds,
looking at their pose and actions in French
for your photo we say « photo prise sur le vif »,
fine POV and framing, excellent focus sharpness
and details, i also love to see details of the blurred background,