Guianan Toucanet - female (Araçari-negro, Tucaneta de la Guayana)
Although not as popular as other species of toucans and toucanets, Selenidera piperivora (Piciformes - Ramphastidae), the Guianan Toucanet, is a beautiful bird that inhabits lowlands of Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela.
This is one of rare toucanets showing dimorphism. The male has a black crown neck, throat and breast. Side of the neck shows a yellow patch. The lower back and wig coverts are olive green, lower belly very dark yellow and green. Inner tail is black with chestnut tips, outer tail olive-green. Female has a blakish crown but hind head is olive-green, breast is grey and belly green. Bill is black with some dark red at base.
Photo: ©Anselmo d’Affonseca
Locality: Near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Merin leading camel caravan across the desolate dunes of Tsagan, Nor Valley, in search of water, Mongolia, 1925. James B. Shackleford.