It’s pretty common to see the Collared Aracari flying around Lower Dover Jungle Lodge in Belize. We actually did a story about them when we first started the blog. You can find the story by clicking here. Be sure to click on the images for a larger version, it’s well worth it!
The Collared Aracari, also known as the social toucanet, is one of the most colorful birds in Belize, and a cousin to the national bird of Belize, the Toucan. They usually fly high in the tree canopies, and although they are easy to spot and see up close with binoculars, it’s not very often that you see them near eye level.
This morning, the male and female Aracaris must have been hungry, because they were trying to get at the Papayas for a good 5 minutes. We were able to get relatively close, and snap these awesome pictures while the pair tried unsuccessfully to get at a Papaya. I guess they’ll have to wait until the woodpecker opens one up again.
It was a perfect morning for tropical birding, and over the next few weeks, we will be putting out some fantastic pictures and stories about more Belize birds that can be seen in abundance on any given day here at Lower Dover. It’s truly a bird watcher’s paradise.