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Rainforests of the World 

December 16, 2009

Welcome to the Rainforest Blog

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).
bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)

Photo by: Rachael Tom

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:
paradise tanager

Photo by: Rachael Tom

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:
silver-beaked tanager nest

Photo by: Rachael Tom

Thanks for checking out the Rainforest Blog and we hope to see you exploring the tropics here at the Academy!

Filed under: Birds — rainforest1 @ 1:42 pm


  1. Wow! Great pictures, they really show the animals in HD, as if you were there.

    Comment by Wilbert — December 22, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

  2. hello friends, recently I started in the breeding and management of tanagers, and I keep in touch with you, I appreciate your good advice to achieve reproduction in my aviary, I wanted to ask what should be the ceiling height in my aviary for my tanagers nest without problems, also wanted to ask if I should somehow cover the sides to make them feel secure, and finally that I can give food to keep them healthy, good color, and ready to copulate

    Comment by gerardo — February 8, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

  3. There are lots of variables when caring for tanagers, depending on the species, the local climate, and what resources you have available. There are two books that are very helpful. Softbills: care, breeding, and conservation by Martin Vince is great, as is the Encyclopedia of Aviculture by Glen Holland et al.

    Also check out this husbandry manual by the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

    Good Luck!

    Comment by rainforest — February 9, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

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