What you may see or hear!
Below are partial lists of some species seen, or heard, at our sanctuary, most of them full time residents, in the dynamic dance of interdependence, found in a mountain forest ecosystem, 1200' above sea level, with steep ravines, farm breaks and forest edges.
Butterflies & Moths
Common Blue Morpho
Banded King Shoemaker
Spotted Grecian Shoemaker
Lots of Parides & Helconias & more
Green Page Moth - incredible migration
Striped Morning Sphinx
Tiger Moth and more!
Grey-necked Wood-Rail aka: Chirincoco
Many Falcons, Hawks & Kites!
American Swallow-tailed Kite
Owl - heard often, never seen
Swifts & Swallows
Lots of different Hummingbirds!
Woodpeckers, Sapsuckers, Woodcreepers
Gleaners, Antbirds, Furnariids, Wrens
Manakins, Becards, Flycatchers, Vireos,
Warblers, Orioles, Gnatcatchers, Caciques,
Euphonias, Tanagers, Honeycreepers
In 2007, a Lovely Cotinga was seen on our road!
White-throated Capuchin Monkeys aka:
White-face Monkey - diurnal visitor to the santuary
White-nosed Coati aka: Pizote (Raccoon Family) long head & body, long, slightly upturned nose, long ringed prehensil tail, diurnal - terrestrial & arboreal, solitary & in large family groups, not timid
Pacas aka: Tepezcuintle ~ slightly pig/rodent-like, small head, large rump ~ nocturnal (however, have been seen during the day) ~ terrestrial ~ solitary or in pairs ~ feeds on fallen fruit & tubers
Kinkajous aka: Martilla ~ dense, soft, short fur, long body, long prehensil tail, head round, muzzel short, large round dark eyes~nocturnal & arboreal ~ agile & quick, heard at night noisily moving through forest canopy~feeds on fruit, insects, flower nectar
Three-toed Sloth aka: Perezoso ~ diurnal & nocturnal ~ mostly arboreal & solitary ~ head round, short body & tail, long limbs, very hard to spot as it moves sooo slowly & is camouflaged by coarse fur that collects a green algae
Collard Peccary aka: Sajino or Chancho de Monte ~
(relative of pigs) diurnal & terrestrial ~ solitary or in small groups ~ feeds on palm nuts, snails, fruit & small vertebrates
Variegated Squirrel, who's developed a taste for the seeds of Sexy Pink Hellconia! Plus various other mammals. Howler Monkeys are heard but not yet seen.
Anteater aka: Northern Tamandua or Hormiguero ~ diurnal & nocturnal ~ arboreal & terrestrial ~ long narrow head, furry, black vested, thick prenhensil tail, & big curled claws
Tayra aka: Tolomuco (Weasel Family )~ beautiful, chocolate brown to black fur, long body, with long bushy tail ~ diurnal~ terrestial & arboreal
Ocelot aka: Manigordo (seen foot prints) ~ beautiful wildcat with tawny yellowish fur with black spots & lines ~ nocturnal ~ terrestrial & solitary, walks on man-made trails at night
There are host of other species, fascinating bugs & insects, and bats, frogs, lizards & snakes, all who eat insects, helping to keep our environment in comfortable balance :-)