I thought I would start off with telling you about my favorite bird. Being Australian you would think I would pick an Australian bird, but my favorite is actually the colorful Toucan. My first memory of the Toucan is from when I was a child and my mum use to get me fruit loops. We have some pretty colorful birds in Australia, but nothing was as colorful as a toucan. That was the start of my love of the toucan.
A little history/information
Toucans come from the family of birds called Ramphastidae of near passerine birds from the Neotropics. They have bright markings on both their body and large bills. There are various types of Toucans and they can range in size from 30 to 60 centimeters (fully grown). Toucans are native to South America (northern) and Central America (through to southern Mexico). You will also find them in the Caribbean. While toucans generally eat fruit, they can and will eat bugs and lizards. They are also known to raid other birds nests and steal eggs and young hatching.
For more information check out the wiki site.
Why are they my favorite bird
I think it comes down to the colors. I mentioned above that I started liking them as a child. As a child I think you are naturally drawn to colorful things. The amazing thing was that they are just as colorful in real life as they were on the cereal box. While I have no doubt that my childhood memories are a big reason behind my love for them I still find them a stunning bird. The day God created them he must have been in a happy mood. They just make you want to smile. Their large beautiful beaks make them look like they are about to tip over.
Finally seeing one in the wild
It was about ten years ago I finally had the chance to see one in the wild. My wife and I decided that we would spend our holidays in Costa Rica. Not only is the bird life really big there, but the wildlife is amazing. I was truly exited to see a real life one that wasn’t in a zoo.
We packed our bags with all our bird watching gear and our first activity in the new country was to go exploring through Manuel Antonio National Park. We were lucky enough to find sloths, howler monkeys and snakes on our first visit there, but it wasn’t right until the end that we finally got to see what we had been waiting for. Well, we heard it first. For those of you that don’t know they are noisy. I guess that is what those big beaks are for! After hunting around for it we saw it sitting a top the tree line calling out for his mate.
The trip was already worth it and we had only been there for one day.
I hope you stick around. I’ve got some great stories and advice coming up in later posts. I can’t wait to get all this information out of my head!