Keel-billed toucan in a secropia
I’ve been trying to figure out how I can become better connected to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest so as to be able to bring you stories regularly for the blog. I thought at least I can go there and experience The Forest. So my Spanish teacher and I went for a walk in Bajo del Tigre. Learning Spanish, nature and exercise – how’s that for multi-tasking?!
We had just entered the forest below the reception building when there was a Keel-billed Toucan. I explained in my broken Spanish why seeing toucans here is significant to the ecosystems and that made think I should tell you.
Toucans a relative newcomers to the Monteverde area and people who have been here a long time didn’t used to see them. The toucans preferred lower altitudes. But as the temperatures have increased they moved further up the mountain. Now they are quite common in Bajo del Tigre. The trouble is that toucans like to eat eggs and some of the birds up here that are already threatened, like the three-wattled bellbird and the quetzal make their nests in tree hollows. They haven’t learnt how to protect their eggs from toucans because they never used to have them around their nests. Toucans love quetzal and bellbird eggs.
Last year as part of the canopy campaign
for the local school some of us spent many hours on the bridge in the cloud forest reserve watching a pair of quetzals tending their nest. Two weeks later the tree hollow was torn open and the nest and the young were gone. No one saw what got the nest but it must have been pretty strong to tear open even a rotten tree. The last thing bellbirds and quetzals need is more tragedies like that.