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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 Altos del María, Pt. 2 - Featured species: Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris)

One of the species we found in our latest trip to Altos del María was the Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris). A fairly common species which could also be found in Panama in foothills and highlands in the Central Mountain Range from Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro to Omar Torrijos National Park, and in El Valle de Antón, Altos del María and Cerro Campana area.

Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - male

The Orange-bellied Trogon is a species of bird in the family Trogonidae, formerly known as the orange-bellied morph of the Collared Trogon (Trogon collaris). It has been reported interbreeding with other races of Collared Trogon, further substantiating the claim that they may not be separate species, and is still considered conspecific with the Collared Trogon by many ornithologists.


Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - female

The Orange-bellied Trogon is found only in small portions of Panama and Costa Rica, where it can be found in humid, tropical forests and forest edges, searching for fruits and insects. We have observed and photographed this species in: BoquetePalo Seco Forest Reserve, Omar Torrijos National Park, Altos del María, and Cerro Campana National Park.



Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - male

Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - male

The male has green back, head and breast, and a white line separates the breast from the orange underparts. The undertail is white with black barring, and the wings are black, vermiculated with white.

Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - female

Orange-bellied Trogon (Trogon aurantiiventris) - female

The female has a brown back, head and breast, and orange underparts that are slightly paler than in the male. Undertail is more uniform, and not clearly barred.

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