Plate-billed Mountain Toucans
These large-nosed avian pearls live at surprisingly high altitude; I have seen them as high as 2800 meters and as low as 1800 meters. My first encounter with this bird was very memorable at the edge of the Mindo-Nambillo Reserve near the road that goes from San Tadeo to Bellavista.
The second time I photographed this bird was at Recinto 23 de Junio at the high ridge to the east of the town. The birds were actively calling and seem unconcerned with all the noise that came out my camera.
The next time I managed some nice photos was at the highest altitude place where I have seen them at the Mountain of Ali which is accessed from the community of Yunguilla. This mountain is the beginning of one of the most interesting trail that begins at high altitude at 2650 mts (approximate) and drops all the way down to 1600 masl ending at Santa Lucia and Maquipucuna Reserves.
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