Animals of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve
Sustainable Development and Wild Nature Conservation in NICARAGUA
Among the more common birds inhabiting the Pacific region of
Mesoamerica is the Rufous-naped Wren, which is now known to be several species in a single species complex
(Campylorhynchus rufinucha). The species found in Nicaragua, Campylorhynchus rufinucha, is
called saltapiñuela locally.
Its name comes from a local ground bromeliad (Bromelia pinguin) in which this species may be found skulking.
The Rufous-naped Wren is noisy and gregarious, and is always found in groups of up to more than a dozen
individuals. They are common wherever there are trees near clearings throughout the Pacific region of Nicaragua,
such as hedgerows and yards. They frequent the ground and lower branches, making
them easily observed, and they are not shy around humans, making them an easy bird to be enjoyed by novice birdwatchers.
The Rufous-naped Wren is among the largest of the wrens (Family Troglodytidae). Photo Joe Taylor.
The Rufous-naped Wren makes a massive nest structure with a side entrance, using leaves,
fibers such as those from Ceiba pentandra seed pods. Nests are often placed in bull's horn acacia
(Acacia cornigera). The tree
protects the birds from predators thanks especially to vicious ants (Pseudomyrmex ferruginea) which prevent other
animals from touching the tree.
Rufous-naped Wren (Campylorhynchus capistranus) in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua. Photo by Joe Taylor.
Along with other easily seen animals such as the White-throated Magpie-Jay and the Variegated Squirrel,
the Rufous-naped Wren can provide plenty to watch for a beginning nature enthusiast.
The birds of a group tend to stay together in a flock, never very high in trees, and near the nest.
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Reserve? Please share them with us by contacting us.
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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.
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.
Field research is conducted on several animal and plant groups at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo. Photo
Spanish classes for volunteers, interns and other visitos are vital components of our educational program in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo
Bird populations are monitored in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve by the staff and volunteers of Estación Biológica
Laguna de Apoyo. Photo Joe Taylor.
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.
Field identification of the reptiles of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Kolby Kirk.
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.
Scientists at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo conduct surveys of wildlife, including resident and migratory birds. Photo Wendy van Kooten.
Animal rescue at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo. Here, Gaia Director Jeffrey McCrary is accompanied by
a rapidly healing variegated squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides that was severely injured by illegal poachers. Photo Anne Sutton.