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FAMILY BIRDS

Ramphastidae

The toucans, another of Manú’s famous families. Both the Chestnut-eared Aracari and the White-throated Toucan have highly distinctive bills and are best spotted from viewing towers.

 


Chestnut-eared Aracari

Pteroglossus castanotis

Chesnut eared aracari

Chesnut eared aracari

Appearance:

  • Yellow underparts, with a single red band across the chest.
  • The head is black; the throat, ear coverts (feathers covering the ears) and collar are chestnut brown but appear black from a distance.
  • The rump is red.
  • The bill is mostly dark-brown or black with a yellow tip and stripe.
  • It is about 37 to 47cm long, including the 10cm beak and weighs 220 to 310g.

Behaviour:

  • They feed on fruit but may also take flowers, nectar and insects.
  • Known to hunt nestling birds.
  • Fruit is taken from the branch, sometimes by hanging upside-down.
  • They search for food in bark crevices and tree cavities, usually in the lower canopy.

Voice:

  • A piercing and high-pitched “sneeep” or a longer “psheee-eep”.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They like mainly wet habitats with lakes and rivers, edges and clearings.
  • They typically nest in trees with hollows, most previously made by woodpeckers.
  • See them near viewing towers, and at clay licks.
  • Also see them perching on trees.
  • Active during the normal activity times. All day long with peaks in the morning and afternoon.

 


White-throated Toucan

Ramphastos tucanus

White throated toucan

White throated toucan

Appearance:

  • The bill is 12.2 to 22cm long. It has a yellow tip, upper ridge and base of the upper mandible; the base of the lower mandible is blue.
  • Plumage is black, throat and breast are white, bordered with a narrow red line.
  • The rump is bright yellow.
  • The bare skin around the eye is blue.
  • Total length is 50 to 61cm, weight is 425 to 730g.

Behaviour:

  • Diet is a mix of fruit, lizards, and the nestling birds and eggs.
  • They move through the forest in pairs, sometimes as small flocks .
  • Flight appears heavy, rather weak. They rarely fly more than 100m at a time.

Voice:

  • The loud, yelping calls are one of the most characteristic sounds of Amazonia, and can carry for a long distance.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • Eggs are laid in a cavity high in a decayed part of a living tree, or in an old woodpecker nest.
  • They can be seen near viewing towers, at clay licks and along several trails.
  • Also see them perching on trees.
  • Active during the normal activity times. All day long with peaks in the morning and afternoon.
  • Nests in holes in trees.

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