Tropical rainforest animals
In a tropical rainforest primary producers live in the tree canopy, not the forest floor. In fact, canopy level and understory trees are a primary food source for the diverse groups of animals that live in a rainforest. Vines, epiphytes and large number of flowering plants also provide food for vast numbers of primary consumers like bats, parrots, insects, monkeys and small mammals. Insects make up the largest single group of animals that live in tropical forests and include brightly colored butterflies, mosquitoes, camouflaged stick insects, and huge colonies of ants.
Secondary consumers include reptiles, carnivores, small predators and insectivores. Animals at this level include different frog species, small snakes, large insects and birds of prey like eagles and vultures. Tertiary consumers include large snakes like the boa constrictor, and jaguar.
Other large animals such as the Indian elephant or African forest elephant, gorillas or orangutans, and tapirs tend to feed on vines, fruits, or insects. All animals -- mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians -- that live in the trees share similiar adaptations such as tails, wings,trunks or jumping abilities. Other characteristics are bright colors and sharp patterns, loud vocalizations, and diets heavy on fruit or insects.