coffee photo

Bird Above Coffee

Photo by Francisco Osuna, Elan Organic Coffees.

Coffee farms with shading trees and layers of vegetation provide habitat for resident and migratory forest-dependent birds.
The Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus -- likely the bird shown here) is a resident species commonly seen in shade coffee plantations.
Shaded farms host high levels of biodiversity in general, including mammals, arthropods, and insects, as well as birds.
Epiphytes, or "air-plants" that grow on tropical trees, (shown here), are particularly attractive habitat features, holding water and numerous organisms within their leaves.