White-lined Tanager

Medium-sized songbirds, white-lined tanagers are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance. They are paler in comparasion to other tanagers—males have black plumage and white markings beneath their wings while females have rich auburn plumage. These birds feed on fruit, seeds, and insects.


Intricately patterned birds, sunbitterns have a dark blueish-black head with white strips above and below their eyes. Their back features alternating black, white, blue, and brown stripes, which help them blend into their forest habitat. A brightly colored pattern on their wings help to attract mates and drive away rivals.

Snowy Egret

Snowy egrets were named for their all-white plumage, although their black legs and yellow feet are also distinguishable. These herons have orangish-yellow eyes connected by a similarly colored band of feathers that stretches overtop their black beak. Upon maturity, adult birds develop long, fine plumes of feathers along their chest, back, and neck. Snowy egrets…

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet ibises were named for their distinctive bright red plumage, which often has orange and pink hues. Males and females differ in size; males are larger and have a longer, curvier bill. These birds use their large beak to locate prey—mostly crayfish, crabs, insects, frogs, and fish—in the water. They have long, thin toes that…

Red-capped Cardinal

Red-capped cardinals were named for their crimson-colored head and chin, which sit atop a white body with lustrous black wings and a black throat. These songbirds have a conical, mostly black beak that allows them to feed on insects, rice, seeds, and fruit. Breeding pairs build a cup-shaped nest out of roots, twigs, grasses, and…

Inca Tern

Inca terns have a dark gray body and a red beak and legs. Moustache-like tufts of white feathers on each side of their beak signal maturity in males and females. They feed primarily on small fish, such as anchovies, and catch their prey by diving into the water with their pointed beak. Inca terns nest…

Helmeted Curassow

Helmeted curassows have dark plumage with a blue-green gloss across their back and breast, as well as a white belly and red bill. During the day, pairs and small family groups forage together for fallen fruit, seeds, grasses, and small vertebrates and invertebrates.

Guira Cuckoo

Guira cuckoos have dark brown, white-striped wings; a long white-tipped tail; and spiky crest feathers. They bear some resemblance to the iconic roadrunner, another member of the cuckoo family. Highl social, these bird are often seen in flocks of six to 20 individuals. They prey on frogs, eggs, insects, and even small mammals, including chicks…

Blue-grey Tanager

Blue-gray tanagers were named for their two-toned coloration—gray or light blue on their head and chest, deepening to a brighter blue coloration along their wings and tail. These medium-sized songbirds have black eyes and a short, thick, blueish-gray bill. They prefer semi-open areas and high spaces, often feeding at the tops of trees and perching…

Blue-crowned Motmot

Blue-crowned motmots, also called Amazonian momtmots, were named after the bright band on the top of their large head. They have green wings; a black face; red eyes; and a curved, short beak that is serrated along the upper edge. These birds can stand up to 16 inches tall.