What do you call birds that live in an active volcano?
Recently there have been a number of stories worldwide about volcanoes doing bad things. In October of last year I posted here about Nicaragua's volcanoes...a stunning 23, all but two of which are in a line winding up the Pacific coast. Masaya, which last erupted in 2008, is one of several active volcanos in the country.
During a recent visit to Nicaragua I delayed my trip to Bluefields and False Bluff to visit Masaya - both the volcano and the market there. Volcan Masaya, which is only napping, is in a national park. At certain times of the day- evening is best - the red of molten lava can be seen; but at all times of the day the smoke from the volcano's smoldering fire is visible...and breathed if the wind's not right or, like, if you hang your head over the fence because you want to see what's 'down there.'
But gone is the sign, only in English, which is now but a treasured memory of my first visit to the volcano: it read "Please don't jump."
There's a lot of parking and the walkway to the top is well laid out. And from the cross at the top, the 360-degree view is vastly beautiful.
This wasn't my first trip to either the volcano or its museum. But it was the first time I became aware of the fact that birds live in the volcano. Visitors to the volcano catch on pretty fast that the smoke the volcano produces is not like that of a campfire. When I read about these birds at the museum I realized just how bad the constant smoke is...which makes the fact that for generations a type of parrot has lived in holes along the walls inside the volcanic crater even more remarkable.The parrot that lives in the volcano is most often referred to as a parakeet - which just means it's a little parrot. But it has an "unsettled" name history as shown below from wikipedia: