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Featured Species: Straight-billed Woodcreeper (Dendroplex picus)

The Straight-billed Woodcreeper (Dendroplex picus) is a species of bird in the woodcreeper family. It's widespread, and is distributed from Panama south through central South America and to northeastern Brazil, found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests,  scrub, riparian forest, and heavily degraded former forest.

It has a very straight pale colored bill that can even look slightly upturned unlike most other woodcreepers. Otherwise, mostly dark brown with fine streaking on the head and breast, but unstreaked back. Usually seen singly or in pairs working up tree trunks and branches, usually at lower to middle levels.

Wildlife photos at Heliconia B&B’s gardens. Featured species: Chirique-Flusse Treefrog (Hypsiboas pugnax)

Chirique-Flusse Treefrog (Hypsiboas pugnax)

Chirique-Flusse Treefrog (Hypsiboas pugnax)

Chirique-Flusse Treefrog (Hypsiboas pugnax) is a species of frog in the Hylidae family that lives in Panama, northern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela. Its natural habitats include dry and wet savannas, rivers, intermittent streams of water, freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, springs, river deltas, arable land, pastures, plantations, rural gardens, urban areas, previously heavily degraded forested areas , water storage areas such as ponds and aquaculture deposits, irrigation lands and flooded agricultural areas. The specific name “pugnax" refers to their pugnacious or combative habits; males fight each other using a spine they have on the thumbs, like their related species H. gladiator.

Adults are large with males reaching 78 mm (3 in), and females 80 mm (3.1 in). The dorsum is light brown, with some darker brown markings. The sides are pale with brown vertical bars. The arms and legs are barred. The iris is pale green or blue. The feet are extensively webbed with brown webbing.

Population is stable, it is an adaptable species that is not facing any known threats.

Cicada (Cicadidae)

Cicada (Cicadidae)

During our night walk through Heliconia B&B's gardens we found several arthropods too, and armadillos excavating for prey. Several pictures cannot be shared here because they are of exclusive use in a publication (Criaturas Milimétricas de Panamá). Even the cover of the book was made at Heliconia B&B.

Criaturas Milimétricas de Panamá - Amaral Editores (2018)

Flame-bellied Orb-weaver Spider - (Eriphora sp.)

Fly (Diptera)

Caterpillar (Lepidoptera)

Planthopper (Fulgoroidea)

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