Animals of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
Parrots are gregarious birds who travel around in large groups, invading fruit trees, or chatting and squawking noisily in front of your bedroom in the early morning.
Parrots, macaws, and parkeets choose their mate for a lifetime and sometimes you can watch a pair sitting romantically together, conversing and grooming each other.
Unlike many other animals of the forest, parrots don't disperse the seeds of the fruits they eat, instead they crush them to feed on their nutrients.
One of Costa Rica's most beautiful birds is the Scarlet Macaw.
This big, gaudy-colored parrot was severely endangered by ruthless pet trade. Today there are only few spots in Costa Rica where you can see macaws in the wild. On the Nicoya Peninsula you might see them in the Curu Wildlife Reserve or in the Palo Verde National Park.
The Fiery-billed Aracaris are the smaller cousins of toucans. Bands of up to 10 birds roam through the upper levels of forests searching for fruits and insects.
Up to 5 sleep together in one old woodpecker hole, sharing the task of caring for each others babies while nesting.