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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…

Chiriquí birds & wildlife January 2016 tour (pt. 1)

In January 2016 our photographic adventures took us to the western part of the country, and we made a short visit to the Atlantic coast crossing the mountain range. The day was overcast and with intermitent showers but we could get some pictures near Fortuna and later at Rambala.

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)


Fire-star Orchid (Epidendrum radicans)




 Cinnamon Becard (Pachyramphus cinnamomeus)


 Thick-billed Seed-Finch (Sporophila funerea) - female


Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) - male

Common Tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum) is a tiny, big-headed bird, 9.5–10.2 cm (3.7–4.0 in) long, with a long, flattened, straight black bill. The upper head is black, shading to dark grey on the nape and dark olive-green on the rest of the upperparts. The usually cocked tail is black with white tips, and the wings are blackish with two yellow wing bars and yellow edging to the feathers. The underparts are entirely yellow.

It breeds from southern Mexico to northwestern Peru, eastern Bolivia and southern Brazil. In Panama it's common on both slopes, and found in forest edge, woodland, scrub, thickets and gardens.



Long-tailed Tyrant (Colonia colonus)



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