It Looks Like a Stick and Sings Like a Sloth | Parece una estaca y canta como un perezoso

Bird: It Looks Like a Stick and Sings Like a Sloth

Poo-oo-oo-oo-oo rings the sorrowful wail through the warm summer night. Everyone told me it was a sloth calling. In the late 1980s a visiting ornithologist enlightened me. “That sorrowful wail comes from the Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus)” he told me, “one of the best camoflaged birds in the world.” We walked through the night toward […]

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Mother's day

August – Mother’s Month

In Costa Rica, Mother’s Day is celebrated on August 15. The tradition is to go visit mother, take her a gift, invite her to eat, and pamper her a lot. It is common among mothers to behave like adolescent birds when they see all their chicks gathered, cackling with pure happiness. This behavior is also […]

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Orange Collared Manakin

Manakins, The neotropical birds

These little manakins are a family of Neotropical birds that represents eight species in Costa Rica that are recognized by their rounded shape. The males have bright colors that often contrast with black. They’re famous for elaborate courtship meetings, also known as leks. The males attract the females to their party inside the forest with […]

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