Capuchin Monkeys Eating Toucans   Leave a comment

Wildlife, nature, fauna and flora of Costa Rica.

A Typically Tropical Day

A typically tropical day here at Bosque del Cabo, on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica; warm and sunny during the day but later in the afternoon, the clouds started to gather and by the early evening it was grey and overcast.  Every night, almost on schedule, at six o’clock the rain comes down.  This year has been slightly wetter than normal for the wet season.  That makes it a good year for the frogs though.  The main amphibian breeding season is over and the numbers of individuals are starting to decline but there are still more than during the dry season.  It only takes a few rainless days followed by a torrential downpour to have some species rekindle their ardor

.Many of the trees are in fruit at the moment so flocks of tanager species can be seen in and around the grounds accompanied with cotingas, tityras, manikins and euphonias.  Some, like the frogs are resident and commonly seen on a daily basis, others, more elusive, make a rare but welcome sighting.  This week has seen a flock of Turquoise Cotingas, (Cotinga ridgwayi), both male and female feeding in the fig trees.

The ever present Capuchin Monkeys have been entertaining and horrifying everyone at the same time recently.  There have been sizable flocks of Black-mandibled Toucans, (Ramphastos ambiguus), feeding on figs.  Many of the visitors have gone out to get that once in a lifetime close up photo only to be confronted by the bloody spectacle of a pair of monkey paws throttling the life out of the bird then rendering it apart, consuming the flesh and finally dropping the large and distinctive beak to the ground.

Red-eyed Green Tree Frog Feature

Amphibians. Phyllomedusidae. Costa Rica.


Red-eyed Green Treefrog literally describes the picture poster child of Costa Rica.  Anything that features the name Costa Rica will generally be accompanied by an image of this beautiful frog.  It is fairly widespread throughout the country in areas of wet or rainforest.  It is not easily going to be mistaken for any other frog, despite there being several different species of Red-eyed Green Treefrogs, they are all very distinctive.  The most popular tour by far at Bosque del Cabo is the “Sunset Tour”, which I lead every night at six.  Of course visitors have seen monkeys, sloths, macaws and toucans during the day, but for many the star of the daily nature show does not emerge until the sun has set.  As they breed all year round, more so in the wet season, I can almost guarantee that at least one male of this very popular wildlife sighting will be sitting calling, green bodied, blue and yellow barred sides with those bulging red-eyes simply inviting a photograph.






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