Cocoi Herons are a heron resembling our Great Blue Heron, but they are whiter and slightly larger. They are found throughout much of South America, but just barely make it into Eastern Panama.
When you start to see Trogons you know that you are in the Tropics!
While we've seen plenty of Purple Gallinules in the coastal areas of the United States, we've never seen one feeding on bananas!! Who knew?
Purple Gallinule in Banana Tree
Bat Falcons are about the same size as the American Kestrel which is common in the United States. While the Bat Falcon will take an occasional bat, their main food in this area is dragonflies.
We heard Howler Monkeys and saw many Azteca Ant nests. Azteca Ants make their cone shaped nests in trees and have an interesting symbiosis with the trees that they colonize. The ants provide protection from other insects and herbivores, while the trees provide the ants food through nectar and food bodies that the tree produces.
Tityras are in the flycatcher family, and tend to sit way up in trees. The Black-crowned Tityra male has a black cap, while the female sports a brown cap.