More than 900 species of birds have been identified within the boundaries of Costa Rica. Would you like to learn more about them? Have you ever wondered what they would say? Do you have a sense of humor? If the answer is “Yes”, “Si”, or “Oui”” to all of the above, then the Costa Rica Birds Project is for you!
“It gets cold up here. But, that’s how I like it and I don’t and won’t live anywhere else. That’s also why I can’t stop moving around. If I do, I freeze. Don’t believe me? Take a seat on the cold, wet 2,700 meter ground and see how it feels. I know, those “snowbirds” like the yellow ones with the black cap scoff and chatter that I have no idea what cold is but I say to them, “Try hanging out in the paramo for a night and see what happens”! I wouldn’t do it!”
–Collared Redstart, somewhere up in the mountains of Costa Rica or western Panama.
“The squirrel had it coming. I make no apologies. It’s my feeder and there it was….munching down that rice like it had to hibernate. Hibernate my feathered a#s. We might live in the mountains but it ain’t exactly snowing. I warned him. I stared him down with my intimidating eyes. He ignored me. Big mistake. We Acorns don’t take lightly to being ignored. I laughed and then I attacked! I felt my beak connect and the rodent hit the dirt. Victory!”
–Acorn Woodpecker, somewhere up in the mountains of Costa Rica or western Panama.
“I can’t help it if I have big feet. The other birds try not to stare but I can see it in their eyes, that hesitating manner when they get close, and the whispers. Yeah, I always hear the whispers. “Freak”, they say in hushed tones. Hey, talk all you want. I’m not the one who can’t find food in the forest litter. A couple scratches with my feet and boo-yah! I always find a grub, bug, or some undescribed invertebrate for lunch.”
–Large-footed Finch, somewhere up in the mountains of Costa Rica or western Panama.
“Blackbird! No, Sooty Thrush! I might look like some distant relative but I am my own bird. Enough said.”
–Sooty Thrush, somewhere up in the mountains of Costa Rica or western Panama.
“Tiny. Tiny and kick ass. That’s what I am. Those two legged creatures are so fascinated by my antics. “Like a bug” they say. They can’t get enough. Losers. I’m all about feeding, fighting, having a little bath, feeding, courtship, feeding, getting busy, feeding. Hell yeah, that’s what it’s all about! Thug life in the mountains.”
-Volcano Hummingbird, somewhere up in the mountains of Costa Rica or western Panama.
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