This is the beautiful bird that is the national bird of Nicaragua. When we dug out the ground for our house they showed up. They are called guardebaranco which means bank guarder (not the money kind, the kind at the edge of a river). They got their name because they make their nests in the ground on embankments.
So when the birds showed up they started digging on the bank where our house hole was dug out. We didn’t think they would actually have babies, but guess what…..there are babies in the hole! It is really cool. They bring food to them all day, and you can here them in there. The other day the kids climbed down and looked inside and you could see the little guys. It is really cool!
Gigi pointed out that the above was a female and not as colorful, so we found this shot of a male that shows more of the colors….they really are beautiful birds. (If you click on any of the photos in the blog they open in a much larger format.)
UPDATE: This morning Chris went down to look at the birds and saw a snake in the nest!!! We went and got Yader, who works here and lots of you may know. Yader has no fear of snakes so he climbed down and pulled the thing out! We can’t put videos here but here are a couple of pictures of the snake….we put a video on Krista’s facebook. Thankfully all three of the little birds where still in there. Can you believe that?!??! We live in zoo or something!!! hahahaah