Best known for its oversized bill, the keel-billed toucan is a large bird with black plumage and a bright yellow throat and cheeks. Its light green, banana-shaped bill is splashed with orange and tipped with red and blue, and can grow to be a third of the size of the toucan’s body. Though cumbersome looking, the bill is actually quite light because it is made of protein and supported by hollow bones. Click to learn more about these colorful birds!
Did you see the #SuperbOwl? It's known as a Pacific Screech Owl, and our team has spotted them thriving on Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee farms in Nicaragua. Follow @gourmetbiologist on Instagram for more beautiful bird photography -- you won't egret it.
Red-Eyed Tree Frog
The red-eyed tree frog's eyes are an example of a defense mechanism called "startle coloration." When the frog closes its eyes, its green eyelids let it blend in with the leafy environment. If approached while asleep, its suddenly open eyes will startle an intruder, giving the frog time to escape. Click to learn more about these colorful frogs!
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Sick of your co-workers or teachers seeing your messy bedroom? Use our free Zoom backgrounds and transport your meeting or class into the lush rainforest! Photo by Richard Auf der Springe.
The spectacled bear is Latin America's only species of bear. They prefer densely forested areas from Panama to Argentina, as they are very timid and avoid humans. The spectacled bear's favorite foods are fruits and bromeliads, and they can spend days up in trees collecting fruit. Click to learn more about these shy bears!
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Black-headed paradise flycatchers are small birds native to the moist lowland forests of western and central Africa. Flycatcher couples will defend their nest aggressively, but they often nest close to another pair, and all assist in defending their region from predators and invaders. Click the image to learn more!
In South Sumatra, the lowland rainforests of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park are home to three of the world’s most endangered species: the Sumatran tiger, the Sumatran rhino, and the Sumatran elephant. The Rainforest Alliance is helping more than 6,000 local coffee farmers in the buffer zone of the park to grow in more sustainable ways and adopt wildlife protection plans. Photo by Evan Bowen-Jones, Fauna & Flora International.
Pura Vida, Pura Bee-da
Bees keep Earth thriving—pollinating the trees and flowers that provide habitat for wildlife, and the food we eat. More than 75% of the world’s food crops depend on them. Yet bees are vanishing due to harmful agricultural practices, such as the overuse of pesticides. We work with farmers around the world on more sustainable growing methods that support the bee-boosting biodiversity we all depend on. Photo by Sergio Izquierdo.
Conserving Cerulean Warbler Habitat Along Its Migratory Route
It's #WorldMigratoryBirdDay! Take flight with the cerulean warbler on its epic spring migration, and discover how the Rainforest Alliance is helping to conserve habitat along its migration route. Click the image to learn more! Photo by Sean Graesser.
Find the Frog | Rainforest Alliance
Happy #WorldFrogDay! The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal features a frog for an important reason. Frogs are indicator species, so their presence indicates that an ecosystem is healthy. When tackling issues like climate change and deforestation––both of which negatively impact frogs and their habitats––our everyday choices add up to meaningful impact. Choose products with our green frog seal to support a healthier planet for people and nature!
Blue-crowned motmots are native to Latin American forests. In the rainy season, when the soil is soft, they dig long tunnels underground to use as their nests. Some of these tunnels can be up to 14 feet long! Click to learn more about these brilliantly-colored birds.
Think humans are the only species that practices agriculture? Think again! Leafcutter ants use the leaves they harvest to grow fungus, their staple food, in underground farms. Found throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, these ants inhabit the forest floor but can journey high into trees to gather leaves. Click to learn more!
What a cutie! This is a baby Amazonian tapir. Born with stripes and spots for camouflage, its coat will eventually change to dark brown. With their short trunks and large ears, these herbivores have an unusual appearance, but they can grow up to 600 pounds, making them the largest terrestrial mammals in the Amazon. Click to learn more!