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Near my hotel in Tamarindo I saw these beautiful ducks. I suppose that they are the black-bellied whistling ducks.

The Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) is found from south Texas and northwest Mexico to west Ecuador and north Argentina. Its place is in open freshwater marshes and ponds, wet pastures, and shallow lagoons. Adults are 53 cm (21 inches) in height and 800 g in weight.

Its head is mostly brownish, and its throat and eye-ring are white. Crown and hindneck are dark brown, and body mostly chestnut. Belly, underwing, and tail black. Bill red and legs pink. This bird eats seeds, leaves and shoots, mollusks, and insects.

I have seen many birds but I was a bit disappointed - I haven't seen tucans nor quetzals :(.

Avid birdwatchers have spotted an incredible 850 bird species – that's 10 percent of the world's total avian population! To put that in perspective, Costa Rica is home to twice as many bird species as the U.S. and Canada combined – that's double the species in a country 389 times smaller.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13755 W: 141 N: 35622] (160114)
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