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Our star is back!

So it’s official: Un poco del Chocó has its Banded Ground-Cuckoo back….and it’s not alone!!

It has been about two months that we had not seen our Banded Ground-Cuckoo in the reserve and even longer that we had seen some army ants around here. But then, about two and a half weeks ago, we even found two army ant colonies. Well, or let’s say they found us! One colony almost invaded the station house one day and just a few days later another colony showed up next to our house. The first colony became statary on the other side of the road in a cattle field (!) while the colony next to our house was still in its nomadic phase and crossed from the open area next to our house into the forest. A few mornings we observed this second colony, but besides some Immaculate and Bicolored Antbirds with their chicks, there were no other “big” ant followers around.

Bicolored Antbird
Northern Barred Woodcreeper
Bicolored Antbird

Unfortunately the colony got into steep terrain and Wilo gave up following them for a few days. Last week then, we (or let’s better say Maartje, our intern) found the army ants again further down in the forest, next to the river. Wilo started tracking them again and just a day later he found the Banded Ground Cuckoo again, tame as always. We observed it several times that day next to the ant swarm and it didn’t mind our presence at all. That was on Thursday.

Banded Ground Cuckoo
Banded Ground Cuckoo
Banded Ground Cuckoo