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* * * * * * * * A Rainforest Tree

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One day we watched all the animals attracted to these trees

This 100 foot greenheart tree has below it a shorter tree with very attractive red berries.  Both trees are popular with a variety of animals that eat the berries or eat the berry-eaters! The tree is between the building where we usually have school (the brown roof) and our sleeping-rooms, right next to our satellite dish!  It is very easy for us to watch the animals coming and going.  We had no classes the morning that we took all these pictures.

A piping guan among the very popular red berries of the tree leaning on the big greenheart

A currasow, looks a lot like a tropical turkey


Blue-headed parrot
orange-winged parrot

Aracaris (right) are medium-sized toucans that are frugivores (eat fruits).  The black-necked travel in noisy groups. Their flight is many rapid wing beats followed by short glides.  They roost communally in large trees holes.  Parents may have group members help them with feeding of their young in their tree-hole nests. (Steve Hilty, Birds of Venezuela, 2003)

Black-necked Aracari
white-throated toucan

Not only birds came to join the feast, but also foraging monkeys.

Squirrel monkey resting after gorging on berries
Howler monkey leaving the feast

Next the predators arrived.  We watched this snake climb many nearby trees trying to find one that would allow it to get into the greenheart without going to the ground.  We had first noticed it moving through trees the day before.  It is more than 5 feet long.  It finally resorted to going across an open space.  When we got too close, it inflated his throat to make himself look bigger.  We believe that it is a tropical rat snake, Spilotes pullatus.  They feed mainly on mammals and birds.  Rat snakes are diurnal and semi-arboreal.  This one seemed very arboreal.

Puffed up when threatened to look bigger
Snake checking out the action

Climbing the greenheart

Great black-hawks are common along rivers in the rainforest.  They will eat  fish, frogs, lizards and rodents. 

Immature great black-hawk

This immature hawk came to check out all the commotion.  It was not hunting.  It has been around for a week whistling loudly to his parents to come feed him.  They brought an iguana when it was on the rocks near the river.  He acts very helpless, a big baby standing in open areas calling and calling.                                        

In the middle of the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, Amazonia, South America