February 25, 2015 – Curl-crested Aracari or Curly-crested Aracari (Pteroglossus beauharnaesii)

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The Curl-crested Aracari is widespread in the lowland west of the Amazon, found in parts of Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia. They mainly forage for fruit, but also raid the nests of other birds, eating eggs and nestlings. These aracaris are quite social, sleeping with up to five adults and juveniles in one nesting hole. When raising chicks, both parents incubate and help care for them. The pair’s older offspring usually also feed the new chicks. The most striking feature of these birds is the curled black feathers on the top of their heads, which are said to feel like plastic.

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