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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 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 th…

Giant Anole (Dactyloa microtus)




Our Chiriquí correspondent, Rafa Gutierrez, sent us these pictures of this species of Giant Anole, Dactyloa microtus (synonym Anolis microtus), an iguanian lizard belonging to the family Dactyloidae with 391 species.

Anolis microtus is a short-legged giant anole with a total length of 330mm, has light yellow or tan ground color, marked with a series of light brown-centered dark bands that may change to green on flanks, and a postorbital stripe.

Its habitat is undisturbed rainforests of the premontane zones and marginally into similar forests of the upper lowlands from northwestern Costa Rica to southwestern Panama. It's apparently a canopy species and rare.

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