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Little Body, Big Voice
If you ever visit this beautiful island of Puerto Rico, go outside at night and listen to the sounds. There is a very distinct sound you will hear wherever you are here. The Coquí-pronounced cokee. This is the sound they make over and over; cokee, cokee.
I called a friend back in Missouri about two weeks ago while I was outside one evening. My friend almost fell asleep listening to the wonderful sound of the Coquí.
The Coquí is a very small creature with a very loud voice.
Are you wondering yet what it is?
Well here are some pictures I took. I was lucky enough to see one early this morning and ran for the camera. They are very small and as you can see, more than likely are relatives of mine. Some have said Froggy has a big voice, but not nearly as big as these little guys.
After the pictures I will give you some info on the Coquí and then the video I made of the little guy so you can hear him.
Coquí and Puerto Rico
Their name comes from the sound they make. Only two of the species of the Coquí make this sound and it is the male that makes it. The two species are the common coquí and the mountain coquí.
The experts have determined there are 17 species of coquí on this small island.
The coquí makes its home here and in the Virgin islands. Because people have captured and taken them as pets, they have spread to other areas.
Hawaii has considered the coquí an invasive pest because of this very reason. Hawaii is trying very hard to eradicate the coquí from its island.
Here is a list of the different species found so far with pictures of each to the right:
- Red-eyed Coquí
- Grass Coquí
- Whistling Coquí
- Guajon Coquí
- Common Coquí
- Eneida's Coquí
- Cricket Coquí
- Hedrick's Coquí
- Golden Coquí
- Plains Coquí
- Web-footed Coquí
- Locust Coquí
- Mona Coquí
- Upland Coquí
- Bronze Coquí
- Dwarf Coquí
- Melodius Coquí
Please don't try to capture these guys as pets. Many of them are on the endangered list. Some may even be extinct.
A beautiful creature with a big voice. I just had to share some of my cousins with you.
© G.L. Boudonck
Coqui Video I Made
© 2012 Greg Boudonck