June 16 2015 01:20 pm
The Clay-Coloured Thrush is the bully of the Boquete Garden Inn bird feeder. Drunk on power and yesterday’s fermented fruit, he lurches from statue to statue, hopping and stomping on everybody’s breakfast, sending chunks of banana, pineapple and papaya flying to the ground. When one of the smaller birds attempts to share the feeder with the thrush, he chases them off with an urgent chirp, flap of wings and indignant flash of eyes.
Fittingly, his Latin name is Turdus grayi, or, as I call him, Little Turd.
He is the national bird of Costa Rica, which always baffles guests: why choose such a plain bird to be your country’s avian representative, especially when you have so many glitzy specimens to choose from?
A few reasons: The Yigüirro, as he’s called in Costa Rica, tends to live close by, in gardens and near people, so he’s a familiar, friendly little face featured in many Costa Rican folk tales and songs. The males also have a pretty tune they sing when trying to woo ladybirds during mating season. Traditionally, Costa Rican farmers listened for this song of longing – considering it to be the first sign of rainy season.
Boquete Garden Inn: The perfect place to stay for birding in Boquete Panama! Join the Clay-Coloured Thrush for Boquete Garden Inn’s Breakfast with the Birds (gaining in popularity among humans and birds alike!) And don’t worry: he’s actually quite friendly with people.