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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…

Featured species: Cinnamon Woodpecker (Celeus loricatus)

In several visits to the Pipeline Road and San Francisco Reserve we have observed Cinnamon Woodpeckers (Celeus loricatus)  but we have never been so close as this time. A couple (male & female) were spotted by us at middle level of the forest on a tree, drilling a hole. In the beginning we thought they were trying to build a nest, but then we realised they were feeding. We are still not sure if they were eating any sort of insect or sucking sap, which clearly was overflowing from the hole in the trunk.

Of course, this meant excellent opportunities for a photo session, specially when the couple began taking turns at the natural feeder. The only challenge was to get a frozen sharp picture between the pecking action

Cinnamon Woodpecker (Celeus loricatus) - male
Cinnamon Woodpecker (Celeus loricatus) - female

The Cinnamon Woodpecker ranges from Nicaragua south along the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica and Panama to the Pacific slope of Colombia and northwestern Ecuador. In Panama it's fairly common on entire Caribbean slope, and on the Pacific slope from the Canal Area eastward to Colombia. It's usually found in upper levels of forest, and prefers the canopy of tall forest. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests but also ranges higher in elevation into the foothills. Like other Celeus woodpeckers, it is known to forage on ants and termites.

Cinnamon Woodpecker (Celeus loricatus) - females
This species is brightly plumaged cinnamon rufous above, with fine black bars, and white below with sharp black chevrons. 

Cinnamon Woodpecker (Celeus loricatus) - male

Males differ by having a red moustache. In Central America (and western Caribbean slope of Panama), overlaps with the Chestnut-colored Woodpecker (Celeus castaneus), which has a paler rufous crest, and dark chesnut underparts with black chevrons. 

As usual, this day we also observed and photographed other species which we has already shown before on this blog:

Black-crowned Antshrike - (Thamnophilus atrinucha) - male

Blue-crowned Manakin (Lepidothrix coronata) - female

Broad-billed Motmots (Electron platyrhynchum)


Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

Blue-chested Hummingbird (Amazilia amabilis)

Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris)


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