Every November my monthly column features birds and their roles in nature in appreciation for support of humans from serving as pollinators to scavengers. For 2019, photos illustrate birds and other wildlife in Panama with some species or their cousins that occur in the Yucatan.
Transformed from a US military site built in 1965 for protection of the Panama Canal, the metal Canopy Tower became a world class destination for birders in 1995. The giant, soccer-like sphere held radar equipment. Now that area offers visitors a chance to observe nature at the canopy level and beyond.
Enjoy Nature’s Gifts!
LIST OF SPECIES:
Collared Aracari. Pteroglossus torquatus
Blue-gray Tanager, Thraupis episcopus
Crowned Woodnymph, Thalurania colombica
Geoffroy’s tamarin, Saguinus geoffroyi
Chestnut-headed Oropendula, Psarocolius wagleri
Gray-headed Chachalacha, Ortalis cinereiceps
Brown-throated three-toed sloth, Bradypus variegatus
Greater Ani, Crotophaga major
Crimson-backed Tanager, Ramphocelus dimidiatus,
Double-toothed Kite, Harpagus bidentus
Mantled howler, Alouatta palliata
Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinica
Black-chested Jay, Cyanocorax affinis
DISCLAIMER: References do not agree on details about these species:
Sal a Pajarear Yucatan, Birds & Reserves of the Yucatan Peninsula, A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America, Birds of Panama
Cherie Pittillo, “nature inspired,” photographer and author, explores nature everywhere she goes. She’s identified 56 bird species in her Merida, Yucatan backyard view. Her monthly column features anecdotes about birding in Merida, Yucatan and also wildlife beyond the Yucatan.
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