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Friday
Feb172017

Crazy Cool Birds At  Camp

Costa Rica is known for its beautiful biodiversity and our Frontier jungle camp is situated right in heart of this biological wealth. Every day we are witness to this marvellous biodiversity and in particular, the Osa Peninsula plays host to some really awesome bird species: From bright green warblers to multi-coloured toucans. Here are our top five birds to see:

1.    Cherries tanager
These tanagers are one of the most recognisable of all the tanagers in Costa Rica due to their brilliant bright red rumps in contrast with their jet black bodies. Their preferred locations include coffee plantations, fruit bushes and banana trees.

2.    Baltimore Oriole
This migratory bird to Costa Rica is common in neotropical areas and easy to distinguish due to its black head and shoulders and rich orange chest and belly. The oriole loves to inhabit tropical moist rainforests and is known for eating the nectar and fruit from the plants it lives on.

3.    Spot crowned Euphonia
The Euphonia is endemic to Costa Rica’s pacific lowlands and some parts of Panama. This bird is an electric blue colour and named because of its gold spot like a crown on its head. The females of the species tend to have a feiry coloration of orange and yellow, with the specific gold spot on their head.

4.    Turquoise Cotinga
The colour of this bird is not hard to guess: The males are a rich solid turquoise blue colour, whereas the females are more multitoned, showing rich blues and paler tones. Cotinga’s eat fruits and insects and can easily be spotted sitting in trees waiting to catch a passing fly.

5.    Blue crowned Manakin
The females of this species can be difficult to identify, as they’re bright, almost fluorescent green. Whereas the males are as the name suggests, and have identifiable blue crowns on their heads. The male manakins are known for pairing for life with each other, only leaving each other to mate with females. Once they’ve mated with a female and she has laid her eggs, he will return back to his male pair!

By Saskia Edwards - Media and Journalism Intern

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