Field Frames Friday: “Empty Nesting”

Both sexes of the Chestnut-mandibled toucan, or Swainson’s toucan, (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii) help with incubating the eggs and raise the chicks together. Generally, females will lay just about 2 or 3 eggs at a time in an old decayed tree or an abandoned woodpecker’s nest.

[Photo by Grace Davis on Barro Colorado Island, Panama; Caption by Maggie Creamer]


Stiles, G.F. & Skutch, A.F. (1989). A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica. ISBN 0-8014-9600-4.

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