Tag: conservation

The Stinging Fire Corals of Belize

What is Fire Coral? The term “fire coral” is used for organisms of the genus Millepora. Despite their name, fire corals are not actually coral, but rather belong to a group known as hydrocorals. They are more closely related to hydrozoans, such as the freshwater jellyfish and Portuguese man-o’-war, than …

The Tyrant Eagles of Belize

What is a Black Hawk-Eagle? The black hawk-eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus) is a species of eagle found throughout Mexico, Central America, and South America. With its dark coloring, nearly five-foot (1.5 meter) wingspan, and carnivorous diet, the black hawk-eagle is a formidable sight in rainforests across its range. Its scientific name …

The Gentle-Natured Nurse Shark

Nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum) are a species of shark found commonly in shallow waters and coral reefs. These slow-moving, bottom-dwelling carnivores are found along the coasts of North America, South America, and western Africa, and call both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans home. Nurse sharks are distinguished by their flat …

The Beauty of the Orange-Breasted Falcon

The orange-breasted falcon (Falco deiroleucus) is a species of falcon found in Central and South America. These falcons can be distinguished by the orange-brown plumage on their chests and underbellies, giving them their name, as well as by their white throats and dark-colored wings and backs. Orange-breasted falcons have wingspans …

What is a White-Nosed Coati?

The white-nosed coati (Nasua narica), also known as the coatimundi, is a species of mammal found in the southern United States, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. They are small, brown-furred animals related to raccoons, with a long, striped tail and a pointed white-tipped muzzle that gives the species …