FAVE BIRDS – Spot-crowned Euphonia

The Spot-crowned Euphonia (eBird description) is a favorite for many reasons, including that this photo is so detailed of the female eating a little berry that even her tongue is showing. 🙂 Plus this bird is endemic to Costa Rica, meaning it is found only here and a few spots over the border in Panama. In my Spot-crowned Euphonia Gallery I have shots from only two places and will link to those places and TRIP GALLERIES in The Backstory below, plus I’m adding a photo of the male so you can see the difference. It was photographed at the same time and place as the female and thus they could be mates.

Spot-crowned Euphonia Female, Esquinas Rainforest Lodge, Piedras Blancas NP.
Spot-crowned Euphonia Male, Esquinas Rainforest Lodge, Piedras Blancas NP.

The Backstory

Both of these shots were made at one of my favorite small and “out-of-the-way” lodges for birding. And note that I went during the rainy season. In fact these shots were made just after a rain had stopped and they came out for feeding. It is Esquinas Rainforest Lodge in the Piedras Blancas National Park near Golfito. And the TRIP GALLERY for this only trip I’ve made there so far is: 2018-Oct–9-15–Esquinas Rainforest Lodge, Piedras Blancas NP.

The only other place where I have photographed this bird, the male only, is at Hacienda Guachipelin, Rincon de la Vieja NP, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It is a large hotel at the entrance of the national park and provides excellent birding guides and trails for birding in addition to the national park. My TRIP GALLERY: 2019-October 13-19–Hacienda GuachipelĂ­n, RincĂłn de la Vieja, Liberia.

¡Pura Vida!

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