Friday, November 29, 2013

Toucan beak

The beaks of toucan are their most prominent feature.  Toucans have different styles and colors of their beaks.  Maybe that is due to different sub-species or maybe it is a male-female differentiation.

The beak of toucans have a purpose, other than to be pleasant for humans to admire.  They act like a radiator and help the birds dissipate the heat of the jungle.

Update to Identify the Large Bird I Showed a Week Ago:  A week ago I posted I posted several photos of a large bird that appeared to be part of the vulture family, but I did not know what species it is.  One of my former high school debate partners, who lives in Australia, sent me a Facebook message suggesting that it is a crested guan.  After checking the Wikipedia article, I think she is right.  I am impressed.  For someone who lives in Australia, she demonstrated impressive knowledge and research skills on Central American birds.  Thank you, Margo.

Ironically, another of my high school debate partners from high school in St. Louis County now owns a ginger farm and guest lodge near Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica.

This week we are showing photos of the monumental Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco, on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.


Judy said...

I would not want to be bitten by that beak.

Sharon said...

That is one very impressive beak!

Kate said...

Yes, it is very impressive.

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