Costa Rica: Angry Birds

Costa Rica: Angry Birds

In a film of angry birds in Costa Rica the main protagonist would be the striking Red-headed barbet (Eubucco boucieri). This small bird weighing only 15 cms provokes mixed feelings, since its brilliant scarlet head draws attention, resembling a round, angry red human face. We usually find these birds, curiously related to the toucans, in […]

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Birds: American oystercatchers

“My name Rio Dante incorporates on one hand Dante as an indication of my mother Robin´s Italian origin and Rio went well with Dante,“ explains the UNA (Heredia) student. He is in the third year of his career with an emphasis in tropical biology. “I have always liked being in nature, whether on the beach […]

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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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The Tanagers – Competing with the Rainbow

~ by Susana García Competing with the Rainbow Often our gardens are filled with feathers of a thousand colors, mainly due to a group of birds that compete with the rainbow. The tanager family in Costa Rica is composed of more than 50 species of multicolored birds that feed mainly on wild berries and fruits. […]

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