The rainforest bola here at the Academy is full of awesome plants and animals with something always happening. We hope this blog gives you insight into the type of work biologists do and the flora and fauna we work with.
During your visit, you might encounter some of the free-flying birds that live here. One of the liveliest species is also one of our smallest (and has the coolest name): the bananaquit (Coereba flaveola).
Another very visible species here are the paradise tanagers (Tangara chilensis). Our paradise tanagers usually hang out at the Costa Rica level (3rd floor) of the rainforest, where they keep an eye on what visitors are up to. Here is one of our female tanagers telling us what’s up:
How do we know which bird is which? Most of our birds are banded with their own unique color band. The paradise tanager above, for example, is the only one of her species with a green band on her left leg. This way, we can record all of our observations of what this individual does.
We search for each individual bird every morning to see how they are behaving, what their appetite is like, etc. Some mornings, certain birds are slow to show up for breakfast. This usually means that they have a nest hidden somewhere, so when we do see them, we observe their behavior until we see them going to a nest. Check out this awesome silver-beaked tanager (Ramphocelus carbo) nest:
Thanks for checking out the Rainforest Blog and we hope to see you exploring the tropics here at the Academy!