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Pictures of birds from Belize: Keel-billed Toucan and Chestnut-headed Oropendola 

Keel-billed Toucan in Belize
Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), wildlife in Belize. Mating ritual.

The keel-billed toucan, also known as rainbow-billed toucan, is a colorful member of the toucan family. It is the national bird of Belize. It can be found from Southern Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia

The diet of keel-billed toucans consists mostly of a wide range of fruit. It includes also insects, eggs, and lizards. The birds use their bill to reach fruit on branches that are too small to support their weight, and also to skin their pickings.

The keel-billed toucan is a very sociable bird that is a joy to watch in the wild as it flies with his small flock from tree top to tree top.

Belize bird watching: Chestnut-headed Oropendola
Chestnut-headed Oropendola (Psarocolius wagleri), bird watching in Belize.

The chestnut-headed oropendola is a New World tropical icterid bird. It is a resident breeder in the Caribbean coastal lowlands from southern Mexico to central Costa Rica.

Adults are largely black with a chestnut head, rump, and ventral underparts, a yellow tail (except for the dark central feathers), and bright blue eyes.

There may be 40-50 females and only 4-5 males in a colony. Females have to spend twice as much energy to raise male chicks, and males fledge when they are twice the weight of females; so when food is scarce, more male chicks die.  In addition to this difficulty, Chestnut-headed Oropendolas lose their chicks to some predators but the most severe damage comes from botfly larvae.

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Wildlife Photographer -
Find here more pictures of the wildlife photographer Marie-France Grenouillet, including great pictures from underwater life and fauna (incl. birds from the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary or Black Rock Lodge Trails and Grounds) in Belize.

See also

Belize > Pictures and travelogues > Black-collared Hawk and White Hawk
Belize > Pictures and travelogues > Bird watching in Belize

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