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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…

Birdwatching at Panama Viejo, a very brief visit

Recently our team of Panama city photographers spent a brief afternoon in Panama Viejo mudflats to capture some of its inhabitants. As usual on rainy season, sky became so overcast that we had to quit before expected, mainly due to “bad light". We didn’t find rare species but enjoyed a lot the marine breeze and the company of our feathered friends, disregarding the nauseating odors.



Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)


Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 


Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)


Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)


Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 


“Where did you go little turnstone?"





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