Three Rare Sought-After Birds of Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is the ecological bridge connecting the two vastly different eco-systems and environments of North and South America.

The biodiversity found in Nicaragua is outstanding, and exploring the rainforests and jungles while you’re here is one of the most amazing things to do. Nicaragua is officially home to 703 species of birds, though this number is always growing with new discoveries. Here are three sought after rare birds of Nicaragua!

Black-collared Hawk (Busarellus nigricollis)
This species is considered quite rare in Nicaragua. The Black-collared Hawk is most often found in fresh or brackish water habitats, typically perching itself above shallow pools and marshes to drop from there onto its prey (most often fish)!

Black-collared Hawk

Black-collared Hawk

Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria)

This bird is a huge stork and one of the largest flying birds, with a wingspan of 2.6 meters! The word Jabiru comes from the Tupi-Giarani language (one of the most widely used subfamily of the Tupian languages of South America), and translates to swollen neck. These birds are often found in wetland regions near rivers and ponds, and are usually in large groups, building their nests atop tall trees.

Jabiru

Jabiru

Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus)

The Great Green Macaw is also rare, and unfortunately has been flagged as an endangered species, mostly because of significant habitat destruction and capture by hunters for domestic use. The rarity of this bird sheds light on the desperation of so many of these bird species in the face of deforestation and urban expansion. We are proud to say that as an eco-lodge, we’re helping to create the sustainability that these animals so desperately need.

Great Green Macaw

Great Green Macaw

The value of birdwatching is manifold, and the ways in which you can do it are similarly multi-faceted! You can observe some beautiful birds on a rainforest tour, on a kayak tour or even just from the resort. This is one of the many eco-friendly activities offered here, and is sustainable in every way. So bring along your favourite pair of binoculars or just use the ones provided by us in the rooms, and get bird watching!

 

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