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Emerald toucanet        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Toucanets are small members of the characteristic Neotropical toucan family.   Although common, they are always a thrill to see for any temperate-zone birder.  These were photographed at Monteverde, Costa Rica, in southeastern Peru, and in cloud forest above Cali, Colombia; because of the very dim light I used fill-in flash.

  • Canon 7D or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens with 1.4X extender or 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2011, 2015, 2016)
  • (bottom) Nikon F100, 80-400 mm VR lens; Ektachrome 100VS (2001)