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Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus)

The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) is a species of mammal related to the anteaters and sloths that can be found from the South of the United States to the North of Argentina. It is found in grasslands, tropical forests and a wide variety of dryland habitats. Although it seems more common in humid areas, where they excavate the earth to create burrows with their legs that have claws. It has an armored body and despite its short legs, it moves very quickly.
It is an animal of mainly nocturnal habits, very elusive and timid; it is guided by smell, and also by the acute sense of hearing. During the day they usually stay in their burrows, and in the evenings, they venture into open fields to hunt insects and larvae. It is an insectivorous animal, feeding mainly with ants and termites. However, it also feeds on other small insects and invertebrates such as worms and snails, tuberous roots and small amphibians. Due to being hunted for its meat and shell, and due to destruction o…

Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps)


Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps) - male

The Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps) is a species in the antbirds family Thamnophilidae. It is found in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Panama. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and found in lower levels, occasionally with mixed species flocks.  In Panama, it's uncommon on entire Caribbean slope and in the Pacific slope from eastern Panama Province eatward.

Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps) feeds largely on arthropods gathered by gleaning or with short sallies

Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps) - male

It is plump and short-tailed with a hooked bill and grayish iris. Male is pearly bluish-gray with diagnostic white spotting on the crown and wings.

Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps) it's the only antbird with spotted crown in Panama



Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps) - female



Female is browner overall, especially on the crown. They are typically found in pairs.


Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps) - female

It is the only antvireo with a streaked crown and pale eye, which are present in both sexes. It occurs in evergreen forest in lowlands and foothills, generally at lower elevations than the sympatric Plain Antvireo (D. mentalis). It inhabits the understory and is easiest to detect by checking through mixed flocks or listening through its song, a loud, fast, accelerating series of whistles. 

Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps) - female

Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps) - female


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