Sunday, November 4, 2012

Chestnut-Eared Aracari - Pantanal, Brazil

A photograph of a Chestnut-eared Aracari taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Chestnut-Eared Aracari (Pteroglossus castanotis) - Pantanal, Brazil

The Chestnut-eared Aracari was one of the first birds that we came across in the Pantanal. It was feeding on a pawpaw tree in the garden of the lodge where we were staying when we arrived. The bird we saw seemed to be accustomed to having people in the vicinity as it continued to feed despite my presence.

More photographs inside.

A photograph of a Chestnut-eared Aracari taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Chestnut-Eared Aracari (Pteroglossus castanotis) - Pantanal, Brazil

Aracaris are boldly patterned, long-billed Toucans with relatively long tails. Their ranges include forested areas, woodlands and other wet habitats where they can be found in noisy groups. They nest in cavities in trees and they roost communally. Females are similar in appearance to males but they have more brown around the head.

A photograph of a Chestnut-eared Aracari taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Chestnut-Eared Aracari (Pteroglossus castanotis) - Pantanal, Brazil

The Chestnut-eared Aracari's diet consists mainly of fruits from a number of plant species. It is also known to feed on nectar, nesting birds, insects and flowers. I've read that these birds stay away from larger toucans as hierarchies are established, based on size, at food sources. Their flight is made up of rapid wing beats and short glides.

A photograph of a Chestnut-eared Aracari taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Chestnut-Eared Aracari (Pteroglossus castanotis) - Pantanal, Brazil

These photographs were taken with a Canon 7D and the 100-400mm lens. Light was decent so I didn't need to use a tripod or any additional light sources.




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