Posted on Feb 25, 2019

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

COSTA RICA ANGRY BIRDS - In a film of angry birds in Costa Rica the main protagonist would be the striking Red-headed barbet (Eubucco boucieri). This small bird weighing only 15 cms provokes mixed feelings, since its brilliant scarlet head draws attention, resembling a round, angry red human face.

We usually find these birds, curiously related to the toucans, in elevations higher than 900 meters above sea . Although sometimes they subside to 750 between October and February. So almost every year we receive their visit in our Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor, in Costa Rica. Birds do not have facial expressions, but we can observe their needs in the movements of their eyes and bills. At the beginning of the rainy season we can see young pigeons opening their beaks to ask for food from their parents. Also the colors in the feathers inspire feelings. With their facial masks, momots (Momotus lessonii), such as the green honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza) and the Scarlet-thighed Dacnis(Dacnis vetusta) look like real bandits.

Others with soft tones, like the Blue-gray tanager have a more affable and social aspect, always making palsy chats. They are monogamous, having the same partner all their lives.

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