Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Snowy Cotinga

Our wizard bird guide, Steve Bird, spied and identified this Snowy Cotinga. We were in a boat on the Rio Frio in northern Costa Rica. The bird perched in a treetop about a quarter of a mile distant. We confirmed identification by seeing the striped wings in the photograph. This bird is a female—males are snowy white.

Snowy Cotingas range along Caribbean slopes from Honduras to Panama. They often perch on bare treetops. The eat fruits and wander in search of fruiting trees and shrubs (Cornell).

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