Prothonotary warbler feeding in Panama


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A Prothonotary Warbler Makes Room At A Feeder Full Of Thick-billed Euphonias – March 31, 2020

A Prothonotary Warbler was attracted to the Panama Fruit Feeder today, perhaps by the bustling activity surrounding the generous banana buffet. Prothonotary Warblers will soon depart Panama for their breeding grounds in the United States. They are habitat specialists and as such, are vulnerable to habitat destruction and alteration, especially forested wetlands. This warbler’s population has decreased drastically since the 1960’s, falling 42% from 1966 to 2015.

Birds at Panama fruit feeder, video


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Male Summer Tanager and Black-chested Jay Take Turns At The Panama Fruit Feeder – March 24, 2020

A great display of vibrant plumage could be seen at the feeder today as two stunning birds took turns looking for a suitable snack. The Black-chested Jay will remain in Panama in the coming months while the Summer Tanager will depart, by mid-May, for his breeding territory in Mexico or the United States.

Chestnut-headed oropendola, gray-headed chachalacas at Panama feeder


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Chestnut-headed Oropendola Claims A Spot Amidst A Platform Of Gray-headed Chachalacas – Feb 15, 2020

Gray-headed Chachalacas have been very regular visitors over the past few months. Their size and numbers did not deter this Chestnut-headed Oropendola from claiming its own share of the platform and food. Note the bright blue eyes and vibrant yellow tail feathers on this stunning oropendola.

Black-chested jay at Panama bird feeder


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Black-chested Jay Stops In For A Quick Bite At The Panama Fruit Feeder – Feb 11, 2020

It’s always interesting to see this striking jay with its electric blue eyebrow spots and vibrant yellow eyes. The Black-chested Jay ranges from Costa Rica into Colombia and Venezuela. It can be found in a multitude of forest types, often in groups of eight or so individuals.

Crimson-backed tanagers in Panama, video


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Birds Of The Panama Fruit Feeder: Crimson-backed Tanager – Feb 5, 2020

We have seen over 50 species of birds on the Panama Fruit Feeder Cam. Let’s get to know some of the more common visitors. Join us as we learn some interesting details about Crimson-backed Tanagers.

Ancient orchid bee nests in Panamanian cathedral


This 2015 video in Spanish is about the Basilica Cathedral in Casco Viejo (Panamá).

This 2008 video says about itself:

The relationship between Orchid Bees (genus Euglossa) and Orchids is remarkable.

This video shows male Orchid Bees collecting fragrance from a Mexican Orchid, Mormodes badia.

Filmed at Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

From ScienceDaily:

19th-century bee cells in a Panamanian cathedral shed light on human impact on ecosystems

January 27, 2020

Summary: About 120 clusters of 19th-century orchid bee nests were found during restoration work on the altarpiece of Basilica Cathedral in Casco Viejo (Panamá). Having conducted the first pollen analysis for these extremely secretive insects, the researchers identified the presence of 48 plant species, representing 23 families. The findings give a precious insight into the role of natural ecosystems, their component species and the human impact on them.

Despite being “neotropical-forest-loving creatures”, some orchid bees are known to tolerate habitats disturbed by human activity. However, little did the research team of Paola Galgani-Barraza (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) expect to find as many as 120 clusters of nearly two-centuries-old orchid bee nests built on the altarpiece of the Basilica Cathedral in Casco Viejo (Panamá).

This happened after restoration work, completed in 2018 in preparation for the consecration of a new altar by Pope Francis, revealed the nests. Interestingly, many cells were covered with gold leaf and other golden material applied during an earlier restoration following an 1870 fire, thus aiding the reliable determination of the age of the clusters. The cells were dated to the years prior to 1871-1876.

The bee species that had once constructed the nests, was identified as the extremely secretive Eufriesea surinamensis. Females are known to build their nests distant from each other, making them very difficult to locate in the field. As a result, there is not much known about them: neither about the floral resources they collect for food, nor about the materials they use to build their nests, nor about the plants they pollinate.

However, by analysing the preserved pollen for the first time for this species, the researchers successfully detected the presence of 48 plant species, representing 43 genera and 23 families. Hence, they concluded that late-nineteenth century Panama City was surrounded by a patchwork of tropical forests, sufficient to sustain nesting populations of what today is a forest-dwelling species of bee.

Not only did the scientists unveil important knowledge about the biology of orchid bees and the local floral diversity in the 19th century, but they also began to uncover key information about the functions of natural ecosystems and their component species, where bees play a crucial role as primary pollinators. Thus, the researchers hope to reveal how these environments are being modified by collective human behaviour, which is especially crucial with the rapidly changing environment that we witness today.

Anteater visits Panama birds fruit feeder


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An Anteater Visits The Panama Fruit Feeder – Dec 30, 2019

A Northern Tamandua, a medium-sized anteater, made a nighttime visit to the feeding platform. They have long, prehensile tails which help them navigate through the trees in which they spend roughly half their time. They range from Mexico into northern South America and eat mostly ants and termites.