Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Belizean Classic

Here's a real Belizean classic -- the Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulphuratus). It's probably the most sought after bird by visitors, birders and non-birders alike. Not only is it gloriously colorful, just like a tropical bird should be, it is also Belize's national bird. It's readily seen around Chan Chich Lodge, often in the treetops, and where there is one, there are usually several. The toucan is not known for its melodious voice, quite the contrary -- it croaks.

As you might expect, this species is a frugivore, or fruit-eater. Perhaps more surprisingly, it also eats eggs and nestlings, one reason why you often can see small birds dive-bombing, scolding and attempting to drive it off.


  1. Hey, I recognize that picture ;).

    The toucan stayed on this branch for about a 1/2 hour. It obviously spotted us because it would turn it's head from side to side in what we assumed as an effort to get a better look at us. Truly a fantastic experience at Chan Chich.

  2. Thanks again for sharing your images, Alan!