April 11, 2016

Chestnut-mandibled toucan.

Not the Fruit Loops toucan but still a rather handsome bird.
Saw a pair near Mindo, Ecuador.



Ramphastos swainsonii

Chestnut-mandibled Toucans are largely frugivorous(fruit eating and yes I had to look it up). Being generalists, they will eat from a wide variety of fruiting trees and play a vital role in seed dispersal.

Chestnut-mandibled Toucans also sometimes take lizards, large insects, and the eggs and young of other birds. Insect prey includes cicadas and walking sticks
.source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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