Animals of the Rainforest Canopy

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The canopy is the home of many animals which stay there for shelter, to avoid predators on the forest floor, and to seek fruits and seeds from the trees and epiphytes of the rainforest canopy.

White-faced capuchin, Manuel Antonio N.P., Costa Rica.

Squirrel monkey, Manuel Antonio N.P., Costa Rica.

Squirrel monkeys are seen in many rainforest locations, leaping from tree to tree.

This coati, although he may venture to the ground to look for bugs and seeds to eat, also spends much of his time in the treetops looking for fruits to eat.

Coati in tree, Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Keel-billed toucan, Tikal, Guatemala.

This keel- billed toucan seeks fruits high in the canopy of the rainforest.

Surprisingly, the bill of the toucan is hollow and very lightweight. He uses it to reach fruits at the ends of small branches that he would not be able to reach without it! This gives him a competitive advantage over other birds.

Toucan (copyright Aris)

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