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Russet-winged Schiffornis (Schiffornis stenorhyncha)


Russet-winged Schiffornis (Schiffornis stenorhyncha)

Russet-winged Schiffornis is one of five species that formerly were united under the name Thrush-like Schiffornis (Schiffornis turdina); the other members of this group are Northern Schiffornis (S. veraepacis), Olivaceous Schiffornis (S. olivacea), Foothill Schiffornis (S. aenea), and Brown-winged Schiffornis (S. turdina). 

Russet-winged Schiffornis (Schiffornis stenorhyncha)

Russet-winged Schiffornis is a representative of this group that occurs from central Panama east across northern Colombia to western and northern Venezuela. All species in this group have similar, dull plumages, being primarily brown or olive brown, with paler underparts, and prominent large dark eyes. Although all members of the group also are poorly known, Russet-winged Schiffornis probably is one of the least studied members of the complex. This is a relatively low density species that occupies the understory of terra firme forests, most often foraging within 1-2 m of the ground, and typically is solitary. The clear whistled song is heard far more often than the bird is seen; the song usually consists of a rapid series of three whistles; the first is longer and ends with an sharp upward inflection, and the two terminal notes both are short and upslurred. Russet-winged Schiffornis presumably consumes both fruit and arthropods, as do the related species. The nest of Russet-winged Schiffornis has not been described, but presumably is a bulky cup, placed 0.5-2 m above the ground, as in Northern Schiffornis.



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