Birds of Nicaragua

Animals of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

Estación Biológica FUNDECI/GAIA


White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa

The White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa is loud and gregarious, making it among the birds of Nicaragua that most visitors remember most. The "hurraca", as it is called locally, is always visible patchy forest areas in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, and is common throughout the Pacific region of Nicaragua. Beginner birdwatching enthusiasts love them, because they are active into the middle of the day, when other many other birds are quiet.

Calocitta formosa

White-throated Magpie-Jays are close relatives to the crows (Family Corvidae), and very intelligent, as birds go. This bird was rescued as a chick and raised by the staff at Estación Biológica, and was released as soon as he could take care of himself. He now lives in the forest, but visits people often. Photo by Trolls Hollengren.

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The upperparts of this fledgling White-throated Magpie-Jay are mostly gray, unlike the bold blue of the adult. Photo by Stephen Beekhuis.

White-throated Magpie-Jay

The White-throated Magpie-Jays are members of the family Corvidae, the just as the crows, and they can be bold and intelligent. Photo Anne Sutton.

Animals of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve

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Calocitta formosa

The environment of Laguna de Apoyo is natural and nearly unspoiled.


Calocitta formosa

Seed collection is performed locally to promote the conservation of local genetic varieties in natural forest restoration.



The forest in side the crater in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve contains dozens of reptile species.


Calocitta formosa

Thanks to the efforts of FUNDECI/GAIA and the contributions of visitors to Estación Biológica, these children can attend the new, beautiful "Heroes y Mártires de Xiloá" school near the shore of Laguna de Xiloá in Chiltepe Peninsula Nature Reserve



Field identification of the reptiles of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve


Many species of snakes are common in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Lewis Honour.

White-throated Magpie-Jay

This tiny snake, Tantilla armillata, was the first of its species to be found in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo by Lewis Honour.