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This Morning Outside

by Diane Porter

Feb. 10, 2015
The Lodge at Pico Bonito
Honduras

Hanging from a vine like a trapeze gymnast, a Collared Aracari twists around and with its oversized bill delicately plucks a fruit. I was looking forward to seeing the aracari in Honduras, somehow expecting it to be huge. But it is pretty slender, its body weighing only half as much as a crow. And that's mostly bill and tail.

For a bird whose upper mandible is shaped like some weird kind of wire-stripping tool, this bird is graceful. The sight of it makes me hear music, maybe a minuet, danced by people in Elizabethan costumes.

Collared Aracari
© 2015 Diane Porter

—Diane Porter

 

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