Yellow-throated Toucan, Costa Rica

Return of Bird of the Week: Yellow-throated Toucan


Another handsome, big-billed bird. When WC photographed this bird, it was a Chestnut-mandibled Toucan, but in 2009 the Chestnut-mandibled was combined with – “lumped” – the Yellow-breasted Toucan. The Chestnut-mandibled is now a subspecies. It says something about the taxonomy of Toucans that ornithologists say there are 7 to 15 species, depending on which one…

Fiery-billed Aracari, Costa Rica

Return of Bird of the Week: Fiery-billed Aracari


By popular demand, we’ll stay with Ramphastidae, the family of long-billed birds that includes last week’s Keel-billed Toucan. Here’s a Fiery-billed Aracari. Unlike the more widely distributed Keel-billed Toucan, the Fiery-billed Aracari has a pretty restricted range, limited to the Pacific slopes of eastern Costa Rica and western Panama. This aracari’s diet is somewhat catholic;…

Hey, I caught a slug!

Slugger


This past summer, WC was in the Pahshimeroi Valley in eastern Idaho, a guest at a ranch there. On a foggy, grey morning, a very young Western Wood Pewee appeared on the patio. Pewees are insectivores, but this youngster was willing to experiment. These photos were taken in very low light, through a double-pane glass…