PHOTOS: Birds Best Hope for Pest-Ridden Coffee Crops?

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Avian ecologist Cagan Sekercioglu radio-tracks manakins in a largely deforested Costa Rican farming area.

"Although they prefer forests, we found that these manakins also leave the forest sometimes and travel between fragments," Sekercioglu said.

He and his team found that the manakins digest their food very fast—in less than half an hour—and can move several hundred meters in that short time, dispersing seeds across a largely deforested landscape.
—Photograph by Scott Loarie
 
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