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Animals of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve


Basileuterus delattrii


Chestnut-capped Warbler

The only resident warbler (Family Parulidae) in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve is the Chestnut-capped Warbler, Basileuterus delattrii. This diminutive bird is found throughout the reserve, in areas where undergrowth is permitted to grow. It occupies the lowest levels of the forest, alternating between low branches of trees and stems and branches of small shrubs and annual plants. It may approach within a few meters of careful birdwatchers.

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The Chestnut-capped Warbler is often caught in mist net studies in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Gerald Urquhart.


The Chestnut-capped Warbler has recently been described as a distinct species from the Rufous-capped Warbler, Amphilophus rufifrons, and both names be found in recent literature referring to this bird in Nicaragua.

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Most birds low in the forest have dull colors, but not the Chestnut-capped Warbler. Its bright colors are often found in the shadows, low in the forest, along with a characteristic, repeated chip. Photo Vera Neumann.


Chestnut-capped Warbler

The Chestnut-capped Warbler is very common in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, and seen in practically every birdwatching excursion. Photo Jesse Bickley and Anna James.


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The Chestnut-capped Warbler is a year-round resident in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Wendy van Kooten.


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Because the Chestnut-capped Warbler stays low in the forest and is not shy, it is also vulnerable to boys with slingshots. This poor individual was confiscated from a group of boys in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve by a park guard. Photo Wendy van Kooten.


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The Chestnut-capped Warbler has a heavier bill than any of the migratory warblers which accompany it during the US winter. Photo Joe Taylor.


Would you like to share your photographs of the Chestnut-capped Warbler or other birds in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve? Please contact us to arrange a birdwatching excursion or to share your photos of your own experiences.


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The Lesser Ground-Cuckoo inhabits brushy areas of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, but is heard more often than seen. It is known locally as the "pájaro reloj" or clock-bird. Photo Joe Taylor.

 

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Hummingbirds abound in the forests of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo Joe Taylor.

 

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The Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve harbors a poorly documented population of Olive Sparrows, which the staff of Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo are studying. Photo Joe Taylor.

 

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The most common bird species captured in our mist netting studies is the Long-tailed Manakin. Photo Joe Taylor.

 

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Bird populations are monitored in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve by the staff and volunteers of Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo. Photo Joe Taylor.

 

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The Rufous-naped Wren is among the more common birds in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Joe Taylor.

 

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Two motmot species-the Turquoise-browed Motmot and the Blue-crowned Motmot-are found in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Joe Taylor.

 

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Pacific Screech-Owl is common and is heard every evening in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve Photo Ineke van Beek.

 

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Scientists at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo conduct surveys of wildlife, including resident and migratory birds. Photo Wendy van Kooten.

 

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Low in the forest near Estación Biológica, the Chestnut-capped Warbler can always be found. This is the only resident warbler found in the Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Romaine de Jaegere.

 

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Animal rescue at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo. Here, Gaia Director Jeffrey McCrary is accompanied by a rapidly healing variegated squirrel that was severely injured by illegal poachers. Photo Anne Sutton.

 

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The Grey-headed Tanager is an uncommon treat for birders in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Joe Taylor.

 

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Amphilophus chancho, one of the fish species endemic to Laguna de Apoyo, discovered by scientists working in a GAIA project. This species is easily seen while diving in Laguna de Apoyo. Photo Ad Konings.

 

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This baby squirrel was raised by the staff after she fell from a tree as an infant. Today she has her own family in the trees above Estación Biológica. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.

 

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Field research is conducted on several animal and plant groups at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.

 

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Spanish classes for volunteers, interns and other visitos are vital components of our educational program in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.

 

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Bird populations are monitored in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve by the staff and volunteers of Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo. Photo Joe Taylor.

 

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The forest inside the crater in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve contains dozens of terrestrial species, making the area an appropriate site for wildlife studies. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.

 

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Field identification of the reptiles of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Kolby Kirk.

 

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Scientists at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo study endangered fish species in the lake. Certified SCUBA divers can accompany us on research dives where endemic fish species can be readily seen. Photo Topi Lehtonen.

 

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Scientists at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo conduct surveys of wildlife, including resident and migratory birds. Photo Wendy van Kooten.

 

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Animal rescue at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo. Here, Gaia Director Jeffrey McCrary is accompanied by a rapidly healing variegated squirrel that was severely injured by illegal poachers. Photo Anne Sutton.