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Widespread in the American tropics from Mexico to Brazil, Collared Araçari is a brazen small toucan that often enters gardens or plantations in search of fruit and seeds. Flocks follow each other in comical single file through the canopy, giving loud, metallic pink! calls. Photograph by participant Jay Pruett.
Often heard in Costa Rica, but rarely seen, Great Tinamou is the largest of the family Tinamidae, about 47 species of which are found in Middle and South America. Although they can fly, they prefer to walk along the forest floor in search of seeds, fruit, insects, spiders, frogs, and lizards. Male Great Tinamous incubate the eggs and raise the chicks without assistance from females. Jay Pruett managed this nice image on our Costa Rica tour.
Participant Mary Elfman photographed this spectacular Red-headed Barbet, also on our Costa Rica tour. Though usually found in mixed-species flocks, bounding along branches in search of prey in dead leaves, these barbets can be tempted by feeding stations at several lodges!