about papayas and toucans

Toco toucans (Ramphastos toco in latin, tucano or tucanaçu in portuguese) are flying wonders of nature, in fact every creature is, but toucans just pop-out even in a far distance. Their bill has an amazing palette of red/orange/black tones. But the reason toucan have this enormous bill is less popular: they are one of the most effective nest predators in the tropics. With their long and hard bill they can reach far down into other bird's nests and get eggs and chicks ! But that is only one little segment of the spectacle of live...

Other than that, toucans love to eat fruits and at this time of the year we see them daily around the houses feeding on our papaya-trees (Carica papaya) like the one here. Therefor we have to produce much more fruits than we actualy eat, because toucans, oropendolas, jays and much more eat about 90% of the fruits before we can even get close to them ...

Fantastic !
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