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Wonders of wildlife

Nicaragua flights aren’t only made by airlines. There exists many wonders of wildlife which provide opportunities for ample bird watching throughout the country. I remember being in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua and frequently seeing the turquoise-browed motmot, the Nicaraguan national bird (its local name is guardabarranco).

However, there is another smaller bird that is harder to find, unless you have binoculars for bird watching. It’s called the red-legged honeycreeper (mielero patirrojo o mielero colicorto). Recently, I was able to capture a pair of these birds, male and female, feasting on a mango. The well mannered blue honeycreeper would sit back on a branch waiting for his green colored mate to eat. When she would leave, he would come and eat. When she came back, he again moved off to the side and let her eat…they did this for several minutes and took quite a bite out of that mango. It was a beautiful bird watching opportunity. If you keep your eyes open, I imagine this scene repeats itself wherever you point to on a Nicaragua map.


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