The Emerald toucanet has a diverse range of food preferences as it feeds on over 113 different plant species! Its stunning emerald green feathers and vibrant features are the signature traits that inspired its name. Let’s welcome the fascinating Emerald toucanet!
The emerald toucanet, also known as the northern emerald toucanet, belongs to the Ramphastidae family of birds. This species exhibits similarities in coloration between both sexes, although females can be slightly smaller with shorter bills. The overall hue of the bird is green, but the tail tip and vent feature a rufous shade.
The beak of the bird is a combination of black and yellow. Young birds have a less vibrant appearance, with their beaks ranging from dark to completely yellow.
The blue-throated toucanet and its fellow species dwell in the elevated areas of Mexico and Central America.
The preferred habitat of the Emerald toucanet is in lush and damp forests located at elevated areas.
This feathered friend mostly hangs out in the treetop canopy and loves to munch on a variety of fruits, with a whopping 113 different types found in just Costa Rica! On occasion, it’ll mix things up by snacking on insects, lizards, and even eggs.
The Emerald toucanet is known to breed in tree cavities during the months of March to August in Costa Rica. They usually search for a suitable nest at a height of 2 to 27 meters above the ground level. The female lays around 3 to 4 eggs in an unlined hole, which can be either an old woodpecker nest or a natural cavity. Both male and female take turns in incubating the eggs for about 14 to 15 days until they hatch. After hatching, the young ones are looked after and fed by both parents until they are ready to fly at the age of 6 weeks.
The bird is believed to be safe and not facing any imminent danger due to its extensive geographical distribution.
Observe and listen to this feathered creature showcased in the video clip provided: