Emerald Toucanet, Aulacorhynchus prasinus

Today, on “Birds That Are Hard To Photograph Bc They Keep Biting Me”, is a teensy-tiny powerhouse of fury: the emerald toucanet! These beautiful birds are mostly frugivorous, but they’re also notorious net poachers. It didn’t happen this year, but apparently toucanets have been captured in the past with half-devoured hummingbirds in their bills. YIKES.


(via Crimson Rumped Toucanet | Flickr - Photo Sharing!)



Toucans are members of the family Ramphastidae of near passerine birds from theNeotropics. The Ramphastidae family is most closely related to the American barbets. They are brightly marked and have large, often colorful bills. The family includes five genera and about forty different species. The name of this bird group is derived from the Tupi word tukana, via Portuguese. The family includes toucans,aracaris and toucanets; more distant relatives include various families of barbets and woodpeckers in the suborder Pici.