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Emerald toucanet

Aulacorhynchus prasinus

Description:

The woodpeckers from the previous spotting had a nest in a nearby area. Then we heard how they were making a strong raucous. When we approached we saw why: there was a toucanet trying to steal their chick from the nest (see second and further pics). Fortunately the woodpeckers gained her in numbers and succeded in keeping her at bay. On the other hand, the year has been bad in terms of climate, too dry, and toucanets and quetzals have to resource to predation of other birds nests to be able to feed their own chicks. Hopefully this toucanet could find an alternative food source for her own offspring!

Habitat:

San Gerardo de Dota.


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2 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 4 years ago

I think even with money (and will, by the governments) the climate changes still affect natural environments and there is little we can do. In this case I was told this years El Niño current phenomenon affected the area with an unusually dry season and that this caused the trees to bear less fruit, in which case omnivores like the toucanets attack other birds nest more often. If you saw my female quetzal spotting in the last pic I show her carrying a chick of what we think is a yiguirro's chick, most likely to feed her own young..

Great spotting, Marta RubioTexeira
Yes you are correct as much as we have try to keep Nature alive here in Costa Rica, we are so small we can not supply the world's needs and are suffering global warming to a certain degree... : (

Cartago, Costa Rica

Lat: 9.68, Long: -83.90

Spotted on Apr 21, 2014
Submitted on Jul 26, 2014

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