Rainforest sloths and toucans in Costa Rica

This video says about itself:

Filmed at Selva Verde Lodge in Costa Rica, this Nikon’s BATV episode features the plight of the Great Green Macaw.

A list of birds at Selva Verde is here.

Costa Rica, 16 March 2014.

After yesterday, we were near the Sarapiqui river.

At 4:50 the sound of mantled howler monkeys woke me up.

An orange-billed sparrow after getting up.

From the bus: a great-tailed grackle. A great kiskadee on a wire.

Near the entrance of La Selva Biological Station: a chestnut-sided warbler on a tree. A species, nesting in North America and wintering here.

In other trees, a green honeycreeper. A pied puffbird.

A boat-billed flycatcher.

Masked tityra male and female, 16 March 2014

A masked tityra couple. On the photo, the male on the left; the female on the right.

Golden-hooded tanager, 16 March 2014

A golden-hooded tanager.

A buff-throated saltator cleans its feathers.

So does a social flycatcher.

A group of red-lored parrots in yet another tree.

In the same tree, a juvenile Baltimore oriole cleans its feathers.

Keel-billed toucans, 16 March 2014

Keel-billed toucans. The second biggest toucan species in Costa Rica.

Keel-billed toucan flying, 16 March 2014

A crested guan.

On wires: greyish saltator. A female shiny cowbird. A tropical kingbird. A grey-capped flycatcher.

Mangrove swallow, 16 March 2014

Two mangrove swallows.

A northern rough-winged swallow flying.

Rufous-tailed hummingbird, 16 March 2014

A rufous-tailed hummingbird.

In a tree, a long-tailed tyrant. A plain-coloured tanager cleans its feathers.

A small flock of chestnut-headed oropendolas flies past.

On a branch, a tropical pewee.

Bananaquit. Variable seedeater.

A green iguana in a tree.

A slaty-tailed trogon couple nests in a termite nest in a tree close to the entrance. The birds are enlarging their nest. The termites don’t mind them. After the resplendent quetzal, slaty-tailed trogons are among the biggest trogon species.

Band-backed wren, La Selva, 16 March 2014

A band-backed wren. The bird on the photo was banded for research.

Band-backed wren males and females sing duets (see photo here), like many other tropical wren species.

Brown-throated three-toed sloth, 16 March 2014

In a tree, a brown-throated three-toed sloth with a baby.

Brown-throated three-toed sloth with baby, 16 March 2014

A broad-winged hawk flying.

Near a bridge across the river, greater white-lined bats resting.

A collared peccary on a lawn on the other side.

Collared aracari, 16 March 2014

And a collared aracari in a tree.

And the biggest woodpecker species of Costa Rica: a pale-billed woodpecker.

A much smaller bird: an olive-backed euphonia.

There were not only birds, but also reptiles and amphibians there. So, stay tuned!

We will investigate the coevolution between fruit scents and the olfactory ability and behavioral preferences of fruit-eating bats by integrating advanced tools from analytical chemistry, genomics, and behavioral ecology. Our work will focus on two ecologically important groups of tropical plants and mammals, Piper plants and Carollia bats, and will be based at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica: here.

Scientists set out to measure the energetics of wild two- and three-toed sloths at a field site in in northeastern Costa Rica. The purpose of the study was to help explain why arboreal folivores are indeed so rare and why more animals have not evolved to take advantage of a widespread ecological niche: here.

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