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Toucan Tango

It’s hard to believe, when you first lay eyes on them, that toucans are real birds, and not just whimsical mascots on a cereal box. In the wild, Chestnut-mandibled Toucans are incredibly important to the ecosystem. Simply put, they are notorious fruit eaters – and poopers. Because their bills are so large, they can toss back whole fruits, and then distribute the seeds intact all over the forest. Voila! New trees, and improved carbon storage. These Chestnut-mandibled Toucans were photographed in the early morning near Mindo, Equador by Park Hill resident Mark Silverstein. 

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