The beauty of Amazonian birds is always a welcome element of surprise. Many birds are very secretive and this has allowed them to survive in such predator filled places like the Amazon. That is the case of this handsome toucanet.
In the past I have struggled to get good looks at the Golden-collared Toucanet until a few weeks ago when I visited the Sumaco Biosphere and was utterly surprised by the beauty of this bird. Finding this birds was completely coincidental as I heard some chattering (from his bill) so I turned and saw this bird sitting out in the open, motionless, posing for a photo. In guess this bird found me first and called my attention with his chatter, I can only suspect that somehow he knew his photo would go on line a this reputable site. I only managed to shoot three pictures before he quickly went to a safer leaf-covered perch and remained motionless for a few minutes effectively disappearing from sight.
If you want to help the local community living near the Sumaco Biosphere, make sure you visit and stay at their Sumaco birding cabaña located at the foot-hills of the Sumaco Mountain.