As I started wandering through town and meeting the Locals a I would tell of the "Fruit Loop" birds in the yard and most would just say ..."Oh, that must have been Mozart and one of his friends." Mozart ??? ... and his friends !?!? I was simply amazed by the lack of excitement about, what I felt was, a real Wild Tropical moment !!!
As it turns out, Playa Zancudo has a resident Toucan that goes by the name Mozart. He is quite domesticated and it's not uncommon for him to fly right into your house or Cabina and start giving you the eye anticipating a hand out. One move for the bananas and he gets a happy look about him and will visit as long as they last. There are some people here that have developed a good friendship with him and he will often just stop by and hang out for awhile.
The colorful and large bill, which in some larger species measures more than half the length of the body and is the hallmark of the toucans. Despite its size, the toucan's bill is very light, being composed of bone struts filled with a spongy tissue of keratin between them.
Toucans are mostly fruit eaters but are opportunist and will feed on small prey such as insects and small lizards. They will also plunder nests of smaller birds, taking eggs and nestlings putting their large bills to work as it intimidates the smaller birds and makes for easier access to the goods.
Toucans are native to Southern Mexico, Central America, the northern portion of South America, and the Caribbean region. They make their nests in tree hollows and other hole excavated by other bird such as Woodpeckers.
This is just another example of the 'Show that is Zancudo' and all the wonderful experiences you can find here. It's one thing to have such unique Tropical animals around but it's another level all together to have Ole' Mozart drop in for a visit !!
"If getting away from it all is what you are all about !"
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