Sunday, March 4, 2018


This Bananaquit, at the Hotel de Campo in northern Costa Rica, appears to be tailless. Normally Bananaquits feed on nectar and fruit in flowering trees and shrubs. Some people in Costa Rica would like to pass legislation against feeding wild birds. Among other issues, they feel that bird feeding makes wild birds dependent on handouts from the ecotourist industry. On the other hand, feeders make wild birds easier to see, thus fueling income from ecotourists. I can not imagine that the few feeders we enjoyed watching have affected more than a infinitesimally small proportion of Costa Rican birds.

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