It would be a shame not to cover the Scarlet Macaw in my intermittent series of posts on the birds of Costa Rica. This is arguably the most spectacular of them all, and seemed reasonably common, in that we had several sightings of them high up in the trees while by the Pacific coast. The featured image was the best shot we got, walking near our hotel in Manuel Antonio.
We did get up closer at the animal rescue centre Zoo Ave.
The Scarlet Macaw is the national bird of nearby Honduras; Costa Rica prefers the Clay Colored Robin, herald of rain.
I saw this little bird flitting around outside Zoo Ave in Costa Rica, and was quite pleased when it stayed still long enough to get a photograph. It turned out to be a rufous necked (naped) wren. In my experience, wrens don’t usually stay still or visible for long, so aren’t very amenable to being photographed. This variant is larger than the average wren so maybe has different habits.Read More »
This squirrel cuckoo was visiting the Zoo Ave animal rescue centre near San José in Costa Rica, just as we were. It was lurking in a tree, just like a squirrel. Wikipedia says, appropriately: “most often encountered skulking about within vegetation”.Read More »