Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Colorful Royal Flycatchers

With Mardi Gras Season in full swing, there are plenty of parades and celebrations going on throughout the world. One group of birds that would fit right in are known as royal flycatchers.
Royal flycatchers are a group of four species of birds native to Central and South America. They can be easily recognized by the large, colorful crests on their heads. Usually these crests lay flat, but they are quite spectacular when displayed.

As the name suggests, royal flycatchers are insectivores that eat a wide variety of dragonflies and other flying insects. Most are currently threatened or endangered due to habitat loss. 

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