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Canopy Family

May 2013

Featured Bird


Cinnamon Woodpecker
Celeus loricatus

The Cinnamon Woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker with bright rufous plumage above with fine black barring, and black-and-white scalloped underparts.  Males have a bright red malar stripe and yellowish bill.  Like all members of this genus, Cinnamon Woodpeckers have a short bushy crest.  They can be found in the canopy and mid-storey of lowland tropical forests extending from southern Nicaragua to northwestern Colombia and Ecuador.  Most often first located by their loud call, this species can be easily spotted along the trails and though the forests & canopies surrounding the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge.

Focus on Plants

Rough Ginger
Costus scaber

Rough Ginger, also known as Indian Head Ginger, is one of the “spiral-gingers” of the Genus Costus, named for the way that the leaves wrap around the stem.  This plant forms an orange cone on the top of the stem, and orange tubular-shaped flowers emerge one or two at a time from the bracts of the cone, each lasting one day only.  The flowers have no fragrance but are edible, have a crunchy texture and make nice additions to salads.  The plant grows 4-6 feet tall and cones of the Rough Ginger can grow to a length of 8 inches.  It is native to Central and South America and grows in warm lowland climates.  Rough Ginger grows in the gardens and open areas surrounding the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge.

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Greetings from the Canopy...

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Dear Friends, 

Seasons are changing, birds are nesting and fledglings are starting to take their first flights.  The green season is upon us!  There is plenty of bird activity to experience this season here in Panama.  Our staff and guides are busy with our keen guests, and there have been some excellent sightings recently at our lodges! 

In celebration of this fruitful season, we are excited to offer a special last minute deal.  Come visit us this June, and save $450 per person on our 7-night, all-inclusive birding packages at the Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge.  Be sure to check it out for great savings this green season, and book fast as spaces are limited.


Raul Arias de Para

   Best wishes, and I hope to see
   you here in Panama soon,


Raúl Arias de Para - President/Founder

Canopy Tower Family News

CTF's Community Support in the Darien

Now that we are well involved in the Province of Darién, where we will be bringing birders & tourists in the near future to our new Canopy Camp Darién, it is of large value to us do what we can to support the local community of the Darién.  We recently made a donation of avocados from our property to Fundación Pro Niños de Darién, a non-profit organization that focuses on reducing malnutrition in children by implementing nutrition programs, education and community development.

Bay of Panama a Protected Area

The Bay of Panama, one of the America’s most important spots for migratory water birds, was reinstated as a protected area on April 15, 2013 by the Panamanian Supreme Court, after a suspension of its protection that came into effect in April 2012 in order to open doors for residential and industrial development.  The Panama Audubon Society as well as their in-country and international partners lobbied the Panamanian government to reverse the decision.  The more protected areas for birds and other wildlife, the better!

Creature Feature

Harlequin Beetle

Harlequin Beetle
Acrocinus longimanus

One of the largest and most beautiful beetles of the Neotropics, the Harlequin Beetle is named for the ornate, colorful red, olive & black pattern on the elytra (wings) of both the male and female.  This beetle is a member of the longhorn beetle family, Cerambycidae; members of this family have long antennae, often longer than the length of their body!  Adults have a body length of close to 8 centimeters, and males are particularly impressive because they have elongated forelegs, extending much longer than the length of their body.  Harlequin beetles are found from Mexico to Brazil, they can be found on the bark of trees in which they feed on sap and lay eggs.  This male was spotted at the Canopy B&B in Gamboa.

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