In late July, our staff observed a flock of birds less than five meters (16 feet) from the covered walkways around the bungalows. The flock was particularly exciting because it included some species that are sometimes difficult to see.
These normally shy residents were much more out in the open than usual, perhaps because of the relative inactivity or lack of people. Either way, it was a treat!
The Purple-throated Fruitcrow is not actually a crow, but rather a member of the cotinga family. It’s mostly black with a wine-colored throat patch. It usually hangs out in the canopy of lowland forests, though it sometimes moves in mixed-species flocks like this one.
The White-fronted Nunbird is a gray bird, which as the name suggests has a white front. It also possesses a red beak, and females and males looks alike. They usually move in the forest in couples or small family groups.
The Smoky-brown Woodpecker is a small woodpecker that inhabits the lowlands, mostly in dense forest. It’s rare in open areas. This photo depicts a male.
The Chestnut-headed Oropendola is slightly smaller than the much more commonly seen Montezuma Oropendola. It inhabits the tropical forest lowlands, preferring the canopy, where it feeds mainly on fruits, lizards, or small frogs.
The Rufous Mourner is found in lowlands and foothills. It’s a small, passerine bird in the tyrant flycatcher family. It prefers to perch quietly in the canopy, waiting for insects or other prey, where they often blend in with their surroundings.