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Featured species: Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii)

The Fiery-billed Aracari (Pteroglossus frantzii) is a toucan that breeds only on the Pacific slopes of southern Costa Rica and western Panama. Like other toucans, it is brightly marked and has a large bill. Small flocks, usually consisting of up to 10 birds, move through the humid lowland forests.

It is colorful; having 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 center 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.

It’s primarily an arboreal fruit-eater but it also takes flowers, insects, as well as the eggs and young of birds as large as pigeons and woodpeckers. The latter may also be forcibly ejected from their nesting holes by this a…

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