Emerald toucanet

Title Info
Common name Toucanet, Emerald
Scientific name Aulacorhynchus prasinus
Taxonomic group Ramphastidae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Tropical rainforest
Selection and adaptations Selection
Selection Convergence; Morphology
Organisms Animals
Animals Birds
Lessons Natural Selection
Date 1989
Location Monteverde,Costa Rica,North America

Emerald toucanet, Costa Rica. Toucanets (a sub-group of the toucans) are omnivores, primarily eating fruit and insects, as well as lizards and bird eggs and nestlings. Toucans are famous for their long bills, which are very light in weight. Hornbills, an Old World group, and Toucans, a New World group, exhibit convergence in the form of their bills. Although not close relatives, they have evolved very similar structures that help them fill similar niches in the habitats where they are found.