This is the moment a curious toucan inspects a CCTV camera on a Brazilian motorway.
The cute scene was filmed on the BR-040 highway in the municipality of Valparaiso de Goias in the west-central Brazilian state of Goias on the morning of 4th May.
The colourful bird stopped on the camera to inspect the lens for a few moments, perhaps extending a ‘good morning’ to surveillance staff in the central office, before promptly flying off.
Roadside CCTV cameras in Brazil often film colourful birds taking an interest in them.
On 22nd November 2021, a cute canary was filmed inspecting a roadside CCTV camera as a possible location to build its nest.
The colourful bird was filmed by a traffic camera on the BR-116 motorway in the municipality of Papanduva in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.
The bird was a saffron finch (Sicalis flaveola), called a ‘canario-da-terra-verdadeiro’ (‘true native canary’) in Brazil.
Environmental analyst Alcio Schlickmann said the bird may have been checking whether the mounted camera was a suitable place to build a nest.
Schlickmann said: “As cameras usually have a flap in front of the lens, this may have caught the bird’s attention to investigate the possibility of building a nest there.”
On 29th October 2021, a turquoise-fronted amazon was recorded by a traffic camera in the Brazilian city of Curitiba.
And on 5th July, two toucans put on a show for a traffic camera at a junction in the city of Sao Paulo.
According to the company responsible for the motorway’s upkeep, bird sightings at the junction are commonplace.
CCR AutoBAn said the same camera had filmed parrots, hawks, and indeed other toucans.
Members of the toucan family live in forests, apart from the toco toucan (Ramphastos toco), which is found in savannah and open woodlands.
On 18th April last year, two toucans were filmed on the SP-330 motorway in the city of Campinas.
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