The Fiery-billed Araçari was among the most dramatic birds WC saw on his recent visit to Costa Rica. The bill, seen through binoculars, can make your eyes water.
The specie is unusual among toucans in that it is social. The birds move in small flocks, foraging for fruit and insects. Up to five will sleep at night in an abandoned woodpecker hole.
The Fiery-billed is a resident of the South Pacific slopes of the Cordillera de Tallamanca, at altitudes up to about 5,000 feet. These photos were taken in Puntarenas Province, near the Golfo Dulce, in the karst terrain there.
An altogether spectacular bird. A reason all by itself to visit Costa Rica.