There are now two 50-meter towers here at Cristalino Jungle Lodge, making it the best place to view the Amazon Rainforest canopy anywhere.
It’s about a kilometer walk in either direction to reach the towers (one is across the river), and along the way it’s easy to become distracted by the biodiversity, such as this fragrant Cacaui, Theobroma speciosa, a close relative of cacau.
The latest news is that from the new tower, Tayler Brooks, one of the volunteer guides and a birding whiz, spotted a Crimson Fruitcrow the other morning. It was present for only about 10 seconds, but a huge, all-red bird in the canopy is hard to mistake! It’s the first record for the entire region.
One also gets unusually close to the difficult Chaetura swifts that forage at this level. There are probably four species here, but without seeing the upper side, ID is problematic. This is probably Amazonian Swift. Gray-rumped Swift seems to be quite similar from below, as does Pale-rumped Swift, which at least in some photos also shows white in the lores.
Photo at top: Dusky-billed Parrotlet has been reliable around the lodge buildings this past week.
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