More than 200 migrant bird species reach Costa Rica each year! Summer time or, our “Verano”, is the best time to see these beautiful visitors. Among them we have the birds of prey, like hawks and falcons, but specially the songbirds are the most famous migrants in our forests and even our gardens and coffee fields: Vireos, tanagers, flycatchers, thrushes, sparrows, orioles, swallows and warblers. As bird watchers we have to see carefully their habits, and feeding is one of the most interesting! Here we have a Prothonotary Warbler caught by Marco Fallas lens in Manuel Antonio National Park. The bird is feeding on a native Urticaceae plant, Urera spp related to the northern group of stinging nettles! Local and foreign ornithologists have seen migrant warblers feeding on tropical fruits before, but as isolated sightings. Enjoy this picture! This is quite a rare finding.
Saludos, Leonardo Chaves