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Toco Toucan

Toco Toucan
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-09-25 8:32
Viewed: 2366
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,

Back from a two weeks photo trip in the Pantanal, Brazil.
I start with a beautiful bird.

The Toco Toucan is the largest and arguably best known species in the toucan family. It is found in semi-open habitats throughout a large part of central and eastern South America.

The Toco Toucan has a striking plumage with a mainly black body, a white throat, chest and uppertail-coverts, and red undertail-coverts. The iris is blue and surrounded by a ring of bare, orange skin. The most noticeable feature, however, is its huge bill, which is yellow-orange, tending to deeper reddish-orange on its lower sections and culmen, and with a black base and large spot on the tip. It looks heavy, but as in other toucans it is relatively light because the inside largely is hollow. The tongue is nearly as long as the bill and very flat. With a total length of 55-65 cm , incl. a bill that measure almost 20 cm, and a weigh of 500-850 g , it is the largest species of toucan. Males are larger than females, but otherwise the sexes are alike. Juveniles are duller and shorter-billed than adults. Its voice consists of a deep, coarse croaking, often repeated every few seconds. Also has a rattling call and will bill-clack.

It occurs in northern and eastern Bolivia, extreme south-eastern Peru, northern Argentina, eastern and central Paraguay, eastern and parts of southern Brazil. Other disjunctive populations occur along the lower Amazon River (Ilha de Marajo east approximately to the Madeira River), far northern Brazil in Roraima, and coastal regions of the Guianas. It only penetrates the Amazon in relatively open areas (e.g. along rivers). It is resident, but local movements may occur.

Habitat & Status
It is, unlike the other members of the genus Ramphastos, essentially is 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. It is mainly a species of lowlands, but occurs up to 1750 m near the Andes in Bolivia. Due to its preference for open habitats it is likely to benefit from the widespread deforestation in tropical South America. It has a large range and except in the outer regions of its range, it typically is fairly common. It is therefore considered to be of Least Concern by BirdLife International. It is easily seen in the Pantanal.

The Toco Toucan eats mainly fruit (e.g. figs and Passiflora edulis) using its bill to pluck them from trees, but also insects, and nestlings and eggs of birds. Has been known to capture and eat small adult birds in captivity. The long bill is useful for reaching things that otherwise would be out-of-reach. It is also used to skin fruit and scare off predators. It is typically seen in pairs or small family-groups. In flight it alternates between a burst of rapid flaps with the relatively short, rounded wings and gliding. Nesting is seasonal, but timing differ between regions. The nest is typically placed high in a tree and consists of a cavity; at least part of which is excavated by the parent birds themselves. It has also been recorded nesting in holes in earth-bank and terrestrial termite-nest. Their reproduction cycle is annual. The female usually lays two to four eggs a few days after mating. The eggs are incubated by both sexes and hatch after 17-18 days. These birds are very protective of themselves and of their babies.

Source: mostly: Wikipedia

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Welcome back Peter
Fantastic first photo from Brazil! Amazing bird, beautiful pose, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness. I look forward to the next one!

This is most beautiful
Great compo with green leaves, perfect blue sky and great sharpness

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-09-25 9:13]

Waaw Peter,what a great choice for your summer trip,one of the most perfect place to take nature pics,you have the camera memories full i think...ehehe...and you start whit a fantastic toucan,what a capture in the perfect light for the best details and colors,very well done,i like it!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
An amazing capture with remarkable detail,colours,and an impressive composition.

Hi Peter,
another beautiful bird. Excellent composition. Nice colours. Very good point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-09-25 9:24]

Hallo Peter,
Fantastic and cute bird ..
Very nice presentation of this Toco Toucan in good sharpness, details and fine natural colours. Good DOF.
Best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-09-25 10:01]

Hi Peter,
Fantastic portrait of a beautiful Toucan.
Excellent composition,sharpness details and
amazing colors. Welcome back and I look forward to more photos.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Peter, great facture of lovely bird, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Superb shot Peter!
What a lovely bird in focus. Perfect sharpness and details and a smooth BG make it a lovely composition.TFS,
Best regards

Ciao Peter. Great compo wonderful colours stunning details and perfect DOF. Just a great pic MF.


Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful picture of this bird on Papaya tree.Very good sharpness with excellent POV.Light and colour is really splendid.Like it.
Thanks for sharing and waiting for more stunning Brazilian touch,
Regards and good night,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-09-25 12:36]

Hello Peter.
Superb shot,amazing detail and sharpness, brilliant composition, and a perfect BG that emphasises the beautiful plumage of this Toucan.Regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
I ask myself whether the green sheets on the picture are a plus, or not.
Anyway, a great shot of this beautiful Toucan!
Curious to see more pictures from your brazilian trip...
Best regards,

Im always amazed from these magnificent birds, perfect portrait, great clear background, greetings Ori

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-09-25 23:37]

Fine composition for this beautiful bird, excellent colors and background. tfs.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-09-26 3:03]

Hi Peter! This is a fantastic, great and colorfull picture. Great! Congratulation.

Hi Peter,
So wonderful to see an excellent capture of a Toco Toucan in the wild! I had some shot of different Toucans in capitivity. This shot is superb in composition, sharpness, details, and coloration. Very well done, and thanks and regards!

Hello Peter,
Great looking bird parch on a papaya tree.
great sharpness and colour.
perfect angle you chose to capture this beauty.
best wishes,

Boa noite Peter
Fantastic souvenir from Brazil my Friend.Wonderful toucan looking at You.Fantastic colours and details.Wonderful blue contrasting BG.Perfect compo.Thank You.
Have a good evening
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-09-26 18:21]

Hello Peter,
What a stunning image of this gorgeous Toucan. I love the way you captured it perfectly on the tree trunk with a beautiful light blue sky as a BG. Excellent focus showing us it's unique body features and colorful plumage.
I saw a few while in Costa Rica, but never got any decent shots. Congratulations on a wonderful photo!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-09-27 5:54]

Hello Peter,
This time it worked, you could make your trip to Brazil. And I'm sure you have a brought back a great collection of interesting creatures from there. The first one is already striking with this friendly looking Toucan. Beautiful luminous picture, with perfect sharpness and fine composition. Thanks for the note too.
take care

Hallo Peter
Ik dacht het al dat je op vakantie was naar een ver land dat heeft, een keer niet door kunnen gaan
Was zeker wel een belevenis met zoveel vogels om je heen
Dit is ook een super plaat met die prachtige kleuren en een super compositie
We wachten af wat nog komen zal
gr lou

Hi Peter,

The tree is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the Toco Toucan. It is clear and sharp. The good luminosity is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice dya.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-09-28 1:20]

Beautiful image of an amazing bird, showing how far evolution goes.

Welcome back, Peter!


Hallo Peter
Beautiful Toucan! Love the details, the colours, the stance, and of course, the point of view. Great catchlight and composition! These are one of the most fascinating birds I have come accross during my time here at Trek Nature. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-01 0:21]

Hello Peter
such a lovely toucan. Exciting colors and the background is so pretty.
The colour contrast and sharpness is so powerful in making this view an outstanding one.


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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2013-10-05 13:42]

Hello Peter,
Great picture of this beautiful Toucan.
good color, position, sharpness and BG


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