Motmots and Tutarones, a bit of Panama Wildlife

We see so many birds here! A frequent visitor and one of my favorites is the Blue-Crowned Motmot. They are a bit larger than most of the yard visitors, very quiet, and usually visit singly or in pairs. Like all the birds here, they love papayas.

It’s summer and dry season, and something interesting has returned. I’ve never heard anything quite like it. At sundown a whistling starts in the woods. The local folks call them tutarones. I believe they are a kind of cicadas, though I can’t find any information on line. I’m very curious to learn more about them.

This is a video with nothing to see but a view of the woods by our house, but turn up the sound so you can hear the whistling, and also some bird calls. There’s always something new and interesting around here!

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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5 Responses to Motmots and Tutarones, a bit of Panama Wildlife

  1. my internet is too slow to load the images right now, but i look forward to seeing one of the most handsome birds in central america! i love the mot-mots as well! z

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    • It’s just a few shots of a brown/green motmot with the bright turquoise on its head. There are so many interesting birds here! Now that I’ve turned the patio into my daytime office though, the motmots seem to be more used to me and they have been coming closer.

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  2. 4sarge says:

    Reblogged this on 4sarge and commented:
    Panama Wildlife not exactly New York City BUT my type of Living

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