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Fiery-billed Aracari

Pteroglossus frantzii


The Fiery-billed Aracari or Fiery-billed Araçari (Pteroglossus frantzii) is a toucan, a near-passerine bird. It breeds only on the Pacific slopes of southern Costa Rica and western Panama. 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. 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, eggs, and other small prey.


The Fiery-billed Aracari is a common resident breeder in tropical lowland forests and clearings.


These photos were taken out of the car window near Guapiles, Costa Rica. A flock of these birds landed in a tree as we approached it. They were extremely inquisitive, and not at all scared.

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Limón, Costa Rica

Lat: 10.15, Long: -83.81

Spotted on Jul 29, 2013
Submitted on Sep 23, 2013

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