The Toucans of Tortuga

On my 55th birthday, I crossed "photographing the birds of Costa Rica" off my bucket list.


One of the most recognizable birds of Costa Rica is the Toucan.



Above is a Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan






Although there are about 40 different toucans, my Costa Rica bird book shows five. 

We were lucky enough t see three of the five species while in Tortuga.



Keel-Billed Toucan




They usually live in pairs or small flocks.




Toucans eat mostly small fruit, which they can easily peel and squash
with their unique, large, sharp, saw-like bills.




Above and below is a Collared Aracari Toucan











 Toucans are traditionally seen as conduits between the worlds of the living and the spirits.











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