Costa Rica
Down the road at an agriculture research center in Turrialba we visited a small lake. We found a colorful Purple Galinule jumping around in a stand of papyrus. It is a relative of the moorhens and coots we see in California. The Purple Galinule eats jacana chicks when it finds them. In a dangerous habitat with many snakes and crocodiles, the female lays eggs in the nests of several males. She defends her territory, but does not help raise the chicks.