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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…

Nocturnal Macro-Adventure


February is the macro month! So, we continue showing you more of this big small world through the photos of Miguel Siu and Julio Abdiel.


Harvestmen (Opiliones) are very common during our night walks in the rainforest, and could be very conspicuous and cooperative. 


Caterpillar (Lepidoptera). This is how a caterpillar looks when you confuse it’s rear end as the head.


Crickets (Gryllidae) are the masters of disguise of the rainforest.


Katydids (Tettigoniidae) can be vulnerable when ongoing metamorphosis like this one emerging from its exoskeleton.


Beetles (Coleoptera order)  are very diverse, you can find them on many flavors as shown below on this section:
A beetle with comb-like antennae


Weevils as this member of the Conoderinae subfamily are also coleopterans. This guy is playing dead trying to pass as a seed to avoid the predators with cameras.

White Broad-Nosed Weevil (Compus). Once more we find this ghostly inhabitant of the forest.

Scarab or Dung Beetle (Scarabaeoidea)


Don’t be fooled by these tree snails, they are not as big as seen on pictures.


Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha)


Millipede (Diplopoda) having sweet dreams


Mantis (Pseudomiopteryx sp.)

Bark Mantis (Liturgusa sp.)

Mantis (Mantidae)


Moth or Butterfly? Sometimes it's hard to tell


And again we found the most dangerous spider in Panama, the Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria boliviensis)

...also a non-dangerous cousin

...and more spiders

...we also found these Huntsman Spiders (Sparassidae) blending very well with the ambient, either bark or leaf.


And finally, from time to time cockroaches (Blattodea) come by to proof they also have details to show.

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