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Tapirus bairdii


I took this photo in Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica 2 months ago, the experience was incredible because I never seen a Tapir. The Tapir had a Yellow-headed caracara (Milvago chimachima) in the back.


Tapir lives in rainforests, dry forests, old secondary forests and bamboo thickets.


In P.N. Corcovado was found that tapirs eat the following plants (fruits, flowers, young leaves, bark, leaves). Sp Justice, "damn" (Amaranthus spinosus), Syngonium sp, Marti Asterogyne, "hockey" (Spondias mombin). , "cashew" (Anacardium occidentalis), "mango" (Mangifera indica), "cauliflower" (Spondias purpurea), Anthurium spp., Bactris balanoidea, "huiscoyol" (Bactris gasipaes), "coconuts" (Cocos nucifera), "yolillo "" Corojo "(Scheelea rostrata)," maquenque "(Socratea durissima), Eupatorium sp., Wedelia triloba, Jacaranda sp.," piñuela "(Bromelia pinguin)," naked Indian "(Bursera simaruba)," palm "(Carludovica palmata), Margaritaria nobilis, Acalypha spp., "pylon" (Hieronyma alchorneoides), "yuca" (Manihot esculetum), "Cocoloba" (Dalbergia brownei), "guava" (Inga spp.), "almond" (Andira inermis ), "porthole" (Entada polystachia), "guava" (Inga marginata), "matchstick" (Symphonia globulifera), "platanillas" (Heliconia spp.) Nectandra sp., "hibiscus" (Hibiscus tiliaceous) "bijagua "(Calathea Luthea, C. spp.) Clarisia racemosa," figs "(Ficus spp.) Batocarpus costaricensis," mora "(Mora oleifera)," ojoche "(Brosimum alicastrum)," banana "(Musa paradisiaca) , Virola sp., Otoba sp., Neea spp., Heisteria sp., Piper spp., Gynerium sp., Pennisetum sp., "strawberry" (Alibertia edulis), Faramea sessifolia, Palicourea guianensis, Psychotria spp., "I mostrenco" (Randia armata), "guava", "acid orange" Paulinia sp., Pouteria sp., "verbena" (Simaba cedron) panamensis Cestrum, Solanum spp., "guácimo" (Pithecellobiun), Pin sp.

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Gorgeous. It feels authentic and graspable.

ChristosMaroulis 9 years ago

Very nice!!

MatthewKritzer 9 years ago

Nice shot but not unusual here...those Caracara go wholeheartedly after ticks for the blood and if they can't find any, they frequently will bleed the host by piercing the flesh with their beak to draw blood. The farmers here complain that this causes infections for their livestock and they will kill the birds if the get the chance...

staccyh 9 years ago

Congrats on sotd! Great experience I'm sure! :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Super spotting! Congratulations.

Great spotting botilopez ,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

Awesome spot!

lori.tas 9 years ago

The bird is a Yellow-headed Caracara, which frequently sits on cows or horses to pick ticks from them, or to prey on small animals they disturb.

Yasser 9 years ago

Congratulations! This awesome encounter has earned you Spotting of the Day! Thanks for sharing this great photo and I can only imagine how excited you must have been to snap it. Congrats again!

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James McNair
James McNair 9 years ago

Gorgeous shot!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Wow! So nice! I am sure it was a magical experience!

rams4d 9 years ago

Impressive, incredible picture, congrats !!!

NoelSal 9 years ago

wooow great photo, i would like to know the story ?

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago

so great capture .....

AshleyT 9 years ago

Cool photo, but having no description and habitat information makes this spotting way less interesting! Filling out these fields not only helps researchers (this is a citizen-science website after all), but it also will increase your chances of having this or any other spotting ever being chosen for SOTD or SOTW. Just fyi :)

WOW!!....Fantastic picture, botilope.
Dantas are so hard to spot and I never knew they wonder close to the Ocean, the bird of pray and the Danta seem to be comfortable with each other. Thank you so much for sharing this incredible picture.

Davidbygott 9 years ago

Amazing photo, well done!

Awesome !

doreen.chambers.14 9 years ago

This is wonderful. I love it!

hg_williams3 9 years ago

There is something really inspiring and powerful about this picture

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 9 years ago

Gran Gran foto!!

botilopez 9 years ago

I think it is a Milvago chimachima!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Who is that riding on the tapir's back?!

Jae 9 years ago

Wow great spotting and an amazing shot, botilopez!

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Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 8, 2014
Submitted on Oct 1, 2014

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