A male Common Basilisk and a Rufous Motmot were both drawn to the buffet and the motmot does not seem interested in sharing the platform. Both of these visitors have a habit of being statue-still for portions of their time at the feeder. Note that this basilisk lost his tail at some point and it is slowly growing back in.
These three species are daily visitors to the Panama Fruit Feeder, here they are all in one clip each seeking some fresh banana. The Red-tailed Squirrels have developed tactics that allow them to liberate and make off with entire bananas.
This Common Morpho was attracted to the feeder by fruit from which it can sip nectar and sip it does, and nearly nothing else during its 115 day lifespan. This stunning blue on their dorsal side is not caused by pigment, but rather light refracting scales. Other morphos we have seen on the cam include, Cypris, Stub-tailed and Menelaus.
Toucan With A Rainbow-colored Bill Comes To The Panama Fruit Feeder For Some Banana – March, 11 2021
A Keel-billed Toucan came in and managed to liberate some banana from under its peel and took some surprisingly dainty bites. These toucans seem mainly to visit the feeder when there is a banana bunch suspended above it.
The rain failed to dampen appetites as the Collared Aracaris poured onto the banana buffet. This was a cooperative and well-mannered frenzy as these aracaris are highly social and used to sharing food and space in their efforts to thrive.
A Mottled Owl landed on the feeder for a look about. Perhaps it was drawn in by the Orange Nectar Bats that are common nighttime visitors to the nectar feeder? This owl thrives in tropical lowland forests, plantations, gardens, and towns. They roost during the day in the dense cover of tall trees, though at night they often hunt from low perches such as fence posts and road signs. Note the rounded head and the eyes framed with whitish crescents and the overall brown plumage that is streaked below.
It was quite a busy afternoon with both Thick-billed and Fulvous-vented male Euphonias, as well as Clay-colored Thrushes and Bananaquits all seeking snacks at the feeder. A morpho butterfly flits in and out of the scene as well, adding to the tropical wonder of this diverse scene. Note the dark throat and bib on the Fulvous-vented Euphonia setting him apart from the Thick-billed who is rich yellow in these areas.
A lovely pair of Blue-gray Tanagers visit the feeder and share some banana. These sky-blue tanagers with dark eyes are quite common in towns and gardens and mainly feed at mid and upper levels in trees. Note the cameo by a Snowy-bellied Hummingbird at the end of this highlight on the right nectar feeder.