Curl-crested Araçari (Pteroglossus beauharnaesii)
Curl-crested Aracari, Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil
April 2003

What a super bird!

The Curl-crested Araçari is distributed in the south-west Amazon Basin south of the Amazon.

Curl-crested Aracari, Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image It is found in forest, forest edges and clearings where it feeds mainly on fruit. The first photo was taken near a fruiting tree at the edge of a clearing at Cristalino Lodge and the second was taken from the canopy tower near a fruiting Cecropia.

They also eat eggs and nestlings and seem particularly fond of attacking Yellow-rumped Cacique Cacicus cela nests.

Close up, the most significant feature is the curled feathers on the crown of the head but also note the relatively short bill and the relatively long tail. Upperparts are dark green with dark red mantle and rump. The pale throat leads to a yellow breast with increasing blotches of red to a band of red and black, with a yellow belly. The bare skin round the eye is light blue while the bill is spectacular with an orangy tip, blue and maroon on the maxilla and an ivory mandible.

There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 7, Pages 220 and 262.

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