The Parrot: un Unofficial Ambassador
By itself, a colorful parrot just seems like an unofficial ambassador of paradise, and in Costa Rica you shouldn't find it too difficult to find one while on one of the many available nature walks that you can embark on while visiting this colorful island. Perhaps, a parrot just reminds those of us who don't reside in paradise that there is a world out there so different from what our daily lives leads us to believe. In that sense, this souvenir from Costa Rica serves as an escape to a far away land where nature rules and does live largely by its own rules.
Parrots are one of Costa Rica's favorites. Perhaps it is their colorful feathers, its constant presence in urban and rural areas, their gregarious habits that make them fly in groups, their sometimes annoying squawking.
Parrot have some very interesting habits, which makes them look human, for example, they don' swallow the seeds they are about to eat but wisely crush them to be able to take their nutrients. They pick a mate for the rest of their lives and they even can be seen romancing when they stand side by side their loved one.
Parrots of All Kinds
There is a wide variety of parrots, all bearing spectacular colorful feathers. One of the most popular, but sadly subjected to predatory practices, is the Scarlet Macaw. Keep track of them when you visit Curu Wildlife Reserve and Palo Verde National Park. The Great Green Macaw can be seen near the Sarapqui river and Tortuguero National Park.
Aracaris can be spotted flying in groups looking for food. Another kind such as Mealy Parrot prefer around the humid lowlands. Meanwhile, the Red-lored as the Mealy Parrot live in the lowlands, their size is even quite similar, but its sqwacking is slightly different, the attentive traveler will quickly noticed the softer sound of the Red-lored.
Other kinds include the White crowned Parrot and the Blue headed Parrot, Many travelers take the one for the other as they fly in similar ways, specially they catch the wind arching their wings.