Friday, September 13, 2013


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These photos above of the Toco Toucan were taken by Carlos A. Mascaro on the tree in front our yard and on the palm tree in our garden.
What a beautiful toucans! In this season they come to my garden to eat the little fruits of the palm tree in front my bedroom window. They are very elusive and when I approche with the camera on hands they fly aways to some trees around. The Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco), also known as the Toucan or Common Toucan, is the largest and probably the best known species in the toucan family. It is found in semi-open habitats throughout a large part of central and eastern South America. It is a common attraction in zoos. It is, unlike the other members of the genus Ramphastos, essentially a non-forest species. It can be found in a wide range of semi-open habitats such as woodland, savanna and other open habitats with scattered trees, Cerrado, plantations, forest-edge, and even wooded gardens. Toucans get their name from "tucano" given to them by the Tupi Indians of Brazil. The largest species, the Toco Toucan, is about 25 inches (64 cm) long. Toucans are frugivorous (fruit eating), but are opportunistically omnivorous and will take prey such as insects, small lizards, eggs and little birds. You can see the toucans on anothers posts I did, here , here and hereHere you can hear their sound. 
Como são lindos estes tucanos! Nesta época do ano eles são vistos comendo os pequenos frutos da palmeira em frente à janela do meu quarto. Mas eles são muito ariscos e mesmo indo pé ante pé com a camera na mão para tirar fotos, eles voam para o topo de qualquer árvore mais próxima. Os Tucano- toco Ramphastos toco Mül., popularmente conhecido como tucano-grande e tucano-boi, é o maior representante da família Ramphastidae. É encontrado na América do Sul e é o único tucano que pode ser encontrado em campos abertos, como o cerrado, ao contrário dos outros exemplares que vivem em mata fechada. O nome tucano deriva da língua Tupi tucana. Eles são frugívoros mas também onívoros, alimentando-se de insetos, lagartos, ovos e filhotes de outros pássaros. Você pode ver mais tucanos em outros posts que fiz, clicando aqui, aqui e aqui . Here you can hear their sound.  

Tucano-toco (Ramphastos toco Mül.). The Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco), also known as the Toucan or Common Toucan, is the largest and probably the best known species in the toucan family. It is found in semi-open habitats throughout a large part of central and eastern South America. It is a common attraction in zoos.

Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan or Rainbow-billed Toucan, is a colorful Latin American member of the toucan family. It is the national bird of Belize.

Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus-torquatus) is a toucan, a near-passerine bird. It breeds from southern Mexico to Panama, also Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Costa Rica.

The Channel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus) is a near-passerine bird which breeds in Trinidad and in tropical South America as far south as southern Brazil and central Bolivia.

Emerald Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus prasinus) is a small toucan of highlands in Central and South America.
These five photos above were from Wikipedia.


Toucans at Enseada Azul by Carlos A. Mascaro - Tucanos na Enseada Azul - MOV08485 from Sonia A. Mascaro on Vimeo.


  1. São muito lindos os tucanos e aqui, maravilhosamente bem mostrados! Adorei!

  2. So exotic and so lovely. I have seen these in the wild only once or twice.

  3. Such a magnificent Bird!!! So unusual, in every way. And to think they come and visit your yard....So Very Very Special, my dear!!!

  4. So incredible, toucans come to visit in your garden.

  5. That is awesome to have such a colorful and classic bird right in your yard. I've never lived anywhere tropical like that.

  6. Such wonderful photos! And such colorful birds! Stunning. Thanks for posting information about them.

  7. I didn't know there were so many different toucans!
    That first photo is beautiful.

  8. They are gorgeous. What a treat to have such birds visiting. The truth about most North American wildlife is that they are not so colorful - the exception being our parrots but then, they may be escapes that naturalized to our environment

    The silhouettes of bird and tree are especially lovely. So man kinds of Toucans

  9. Beautiful & charming post Sonia. The pics are simply superb & stunning. Hope you are having a great weekend. Best Wishes Ram

  10. They are the most beautiful birds. Thanks for sharing.
    Anne xx

  11. I cannot imagine having such a gorgeous bird visit my garden. Carlos' photos are spectacular, and I especially enjoyed hearing the audio. The variety of colors is just amazing.

  12. What gorgeous birds and photos. So colorful and interesting. The kind of bird that makes you wonder why they are as they are in what evolutionary way did they benefit as much as we do to see them now.

  13. The pictures of the food your daughter ate in Porto made me hungry! Everything looks so delicious. I am pleased you gave a link to some Portuguese recipes. When I was in Dakar, Senegal, which is not far from Cape Verde, I ate in some Cape Verde restaurants and liked their cuisine very much.

    How wonderful to have such beautiful birds come to your garden! They really have lovely plumage and colors. I have seen several types, maybe in Belize.

    I published a post yesterday night and talked about Brazil – I hope I did not make any mistakes. The post did not update in Blogger – for the last several times it takes many hours for my posts to update, and I don’t know why – I post them just as usual.

  14. You always amaze me! Is Carlos a professional photographer, because these are just wonderful. Funny that they should look so flamboyant but be shy at heart.

  15. The second photo breaks the sky into puzzle pieces.

  16. Clever Carlos, wonderful images Sonia! What a truly beautiful, exotic and unusual bird!! What an absolute thrill to find him in your tree!! I would be beside myself with delight.
    Enjoy your weekend dear Sonia.

  17. Oi de novo, minha amiga! Eu espero que você esteja bem. Muita obrigada for keeping in touch. Sorry, I ran out of Portuguese words :)

    Os tucanos são lindos! I especially like the one that's the national bird of Belize. The beak is unbelievable. It doesn't even look real.

    We are now in Piriapolis. It's cold, windy and raining here too. Oh dear. I think it's going to be like this for the rest of the week. I hope you're having better weather where you are. Abraços fortes! Beijos! X

  18. São mesmo belíssimos Sonia.
    Me encanta também.
    deixo abraços

  19. Sonia que maravilha, que lugar lindo! Delícia ouvir e ver os tucanos da janela do seu quarto! Um refúgio encantado para essas aves, um verdadeiro porto seguro!

  20. Sonia, what a beautiful post about toucanos!
    Very nice the photos of the Toco Toucan in our garden.
    Greetings from Turin

  21. Sonia --You live in such a beautiful, fascinating place . . . where birds such as toucans are part of your environment. Carlos' images are great -- especially that second one.

  22. Que lindos são os Tucanos! Não sabia que havia uma variedade tão grande.
    Obrigada pela partilha.
    Um beijinho

  23. Como são lindos os tucanos! As cores! Incrível!!
    Adorei o post e as fotos!
    Beijos :)


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