Thursday, April 26, 2018

Red-throated Ant-Tanager

We spent three nights and two days (14  to 16 July) at La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge in Costa Rica. This upscale hotel consists of a group of duplex cabins surrounded by ten acres of forest. The lodge maintains a large garden, with a stream and ponds. Best of all, the lodge has an active bird feeder. We made two major side-strips, one to La Selva Biological Station and one to Braulio Carrillo National Park. On the 17th we returned to San Jose and, early the following morning, we flew to Dallas.

Red-throated Ant-Tanagers were the first birds at the feeders. These tanagers inhabit forests and thickets from Mexico to northern Colombia. Ant-Tanagers travel in flocks of up eight birds. They eat insects and fruit. The females build the nests and incubate the eggs. Males and other flock members help feed the young (Chiver and Morton 2010).

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