Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ivory-billed Araçari

Erika and I took this photograph of an Ivory-billed Araçari during our graduate research in Peru. This species is among the smallest of the toucans. We liked toucans until we learned that one use for their odd bills is robbing other birds’ nests and eating the young and eggs. Toucans turn up in avicultural trade, and owners are warned not to cage them with smaller birds (birdchannel.com). Toucans also consume a variety of arthropods, fruits and nuts. Of course, all pet owners should take absolute precautions that their birds are both legally imported and not wild-harvested.

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