Cuckoos and Parrots in Panama

We only have one Cuckoo in Switzerland therefor it’s always great to see different ones in an other country. While scanning the book “The Birds of Panama” before our holidays, I thought that seeing an Ani would be great. At the end of our Pipeline Road day it sat there in the tree, the Greater Ani (Crotophaga major – Riesenani):

That same day we saw the Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana – Eichhornkuckuck). But it was in the jungle and the Cuckoo was to fast and I only got a very very blurry photo. So two days later at the Parque Nacional Metropolitano I wished to see a Squirrel Cuckoo again to take some decent photos. We arrived at the lookout and there it was feeding on either bread crumbs or insects on the ground:

The parrots were usually very high up, but we were able to see three different kinds, two Amazones:

The Red-lored Parrot (Amazona autumnalis – Rotstirnamazone):

The Mealy Parrot (Amazona farinosa – Mülleramazone) always flying in couples:

And the chatty Orange-chinned Parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis – Tovissittich):

More Panama bird photos (click on the title):


~ by Natalie on April 28, 2012.

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