Emerald Toucanet

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Common Name: Emerald Toucanet
Scientific Name: Aulacorhynchus prasinus

Size: 12-14 inches (30-35cm)

Habitat: Central and South America. Found primarily in cloud forests but will venture into adjacent rainforests.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 50,000 - 499,999 mature individuals.

Diet: Fruits and insects but will also eat lizards, eggs and nestlings of small birds.

Nesting: Sexes alike but males are slightly larger. Mating season is typically March through July. A pair will ‘bill-fence’ as a courtship ritual; usually after nest preparations have finished. The nest is usually 2-30m above ground in an old woodpecker hole or crevice of tree. Three to four white eggs are laid. Incubation lasts about 16 days. Both parents incubate the eggs. Chicks hatch naked and blind. Chicks fledge after about 40 days. Parents will still feed them if the young return to the nest to roost, but by day 43 none will return.

Cool Facts: Seen in pairs or small flocks of eight or so. They are very active birds that cover great spans of territory while searching for food in the canopy to mid level of the forest.

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