Thursday, March 04, 2010

Puffbird!

One of the cool things about visiting the tropics is that the local garden birds are really rather different to those we get exposed to in temperate climes. Sure there are things which do similar jobs to our thrushes, warblers, titmice and finches but they are insanely coloured. There are also things which are completely unlike anything we have. Miniature parrots for example or things like this russet-throated puffbird (Hypnelus ruficolli).

russet throated puffbird

Apparently the deal with that insane bill is that it a) catches lizards and insects (and the insects in its habitat get pretty chunky) and b) uses it to excavate a nest cavity in arboreal termite colonies. How awesome is that!?


5 comments:

Floridacracker said...

He is awesome! Looks almost like a kingfisher.

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Felicia said...

From my continental US perspective, he looks both different and familiar–the stripes around his neck remind me a bit of a Killdeer. Cute bird!

Mel said...

That is sooo cool!! He looks very proud!

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