We were standing in the yard discussing the house color, when to eat lunch, and other mundane things when a flash of color caught my eye from the huge tree on the other side of our fence. I grab the camera on the nearby table, and Joel runs for the binoculars.


Between the zoom feature on the camera and the binoculars, we realized that we were looking at no ordinary birds!! If my bird book and research are correct, they are fiery billed aracari. It’s hard to get clear photos of birds flitting about in the top of a tree 30-40 feet above us, but we got a few good ones. I know there were at least two birds, and I think there could have been as many as four.

According to what I have read, these are fairly rare birds who live only in a small area of eastern Costa Rica and western Panama, on the Pacific side in wooded areas. I am so glad we have a house right next to the woods. We have so many birds but this is the coolest one so far!


What a great treat to see these beautiful birds! They were silent as far as we could tell so if we hadn’t been standing out in the yard, and if another bird flying towards the tree hadn’t caught my eye, we never would have seen them. Thank you Joel for helping me get some good photos.


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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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20 Responses to Toucans!

  1. Nice. I really want to be there and your blog adds to my excitement.


  2. Capt Dan says:

    Kris, sorry to disagree with you, but my bird book says they are threecans. You were off by one.


  3. Loca Gringa says:

    Kris, these are amazing! Love that you have the opportunity to see these AT HOME!


  4. Allison says:

    LOVE THESE! I hope to see these someday really soon!


  5. oldsalt1942 says:

    Fantastic! I saw toucans on the Rio Dulce in Guatemala but never here.


  6. sunnymikkel says:

    Buenas – We live vicariously through your Blog posts as you have a much different eco system then we have here in Pedasi.


  7. Jerry says:

    WOW!!! How cool is this? I guess I just have one question. DO THEY TASTE LIKE CHICKEN?? :).


  8. The birds are one of the things we are looking forward to seeing on our trip. We should be so lucky!


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