Nicaraguan Seed-Finch (Sporophila nuttingi)

The Nicaraguan Seed-Finch is one of Costa Rica’s biggest finches species, only surpassed by the Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, which is even rarer and has a longer tail. It looks similar to the Thick-billed Seed-Finch, with the male being uniformly black and the female uniformly brown, albeit with a bigger size. Their bills are undoubtely specialized for breaking down seeds and the male’s bill is particularly conspicuous, given its pink coloration. In Costa Rica, it can be found in lowland areas of the northern area, near the border with Nicaragua, and in a thin strip along the eastern coast of the Caribbean.

A number of times, this female stood on the fence wire. It was like a cat and mouse game, with us approaching and she escaping most of the times.
A sought-after bird in the northern area of Costa Rica, we also saw the male, however the female cooperated the most. They inhabit tall grass lands and are found in the company of other seedeaters like the Collared and Variable Seedeaters.

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