Friday, February 25, 2011

We saw some fantastic raptors, but perhaps the most impressive spectacle was a pair of White Hawk displaying near Arenal Volcano. This stunning species is an uncommon but widespread bird of forested areas.

Four subspecies are recognised. The dark eye and bold black tail markings suggest this is Leucopternis albicollis costaricensis (c) Richard Brown

White Hawks predominantly feed on lizards but also take insects and mammals. They will follow troops of Capuchin Monkeys and Coatis to take any prey flushed by their movements.

A White-nosed Coati busy flushing lizards (c) Richard Brown

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