Today I was sitting at my desk working when I heard a loud crash in the window in front of my house. Above my living room door I have a lot of windows which let in a lot of natural light. Good for me. But not so good for birds because they see the reflection of the sky in the windows then fly right in to the windows sometimes. About 10% of the time it kills the bird instantly. But most of the time it just knocks them uncounscious for a while. When I hear a bird strike, I always run outside to get the bird up in a tree away from the sun and so they are away from my cat and other predators.
When I went outside to see what flew in to the window, I was surprised to find a beautiful blue throated toucanet laying on it’s side and obviously dazed and confused BUT ALIVE!
You can see how big it is in this photo and how dazed it is. Poor thing!
It was too big to stay in the cedar tree where I usually put birds from bird strikes so I put it on top of a toucan statue I have in my flowerbed. At this point, I was not sure if the bird would make it.
It took about 30 minutes for the toucanet to feel better then it flew away in to my banana plants.
What a beautiful bird! I see a lot of exotic birds at my property but this one was one of the best.
The Blue-throated Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus caeruleogularis) is found in the mountain cloud forests of Costa Rica and western Panama – with an altitudinal range from 2,500 ft (762m) to 7,600 ft (2316m) above sea level. One subspecies is currently recognized: Aulacorhynchus caeruleogularis maxillaris (Griscom, 1924).
Formerly, it was considered to be a subspecies of the Emerald Toucanet, in which case it was given the scientific name of Aulacorhynchus prasinus caeruleogularis. However, based primarily on morphology and plumage differences (it is the only member of the atrogularis group with a blue throat), most authorities consider it now a separate species.
They are fairly long-lived with a lifespan around 20 years
See this article and photos of another beautiful bird who flew in to my window last year.