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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: Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana)

Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) - male

The Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) is a bird of the family Columbidae, which includes doves and pigeons. It’s the most widely distributed species of the quail-doves genus (Geotrygon), breeding throughout the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and tropical South America, south to Argentina. It has appeared as a vagrant in Florida and southern Texas. In Panama it’s fairly common in forests throughout the country, to 1,200 m (4,000 ft).


Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) - male

It is medium-sized (23.0-25.5 cm), with a stocky build. Sexes differ in plumage. The upperparts of the male are primarily brownish rufous; the most distinctive feature is a buff stripe across the sides to the head under the eyes. The underparts are primarily buffy.


Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) - female

The female is similar in pattern, but duller with olive-brown upperparts. This bird is found in woodland and scrub forest. It also has adapted to coffee plantations. It is somewhat sensitive to forest fragmentation




Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) - male

These birds forage on the ground, mainly eating seeds and small invertebrates in thick cover. Solitarily or in pairs.


Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) - male

Iris is very dark brown, eyelids bright red, with pinkish bare skin of lores and above and below eye, dull red cere, dull red and brownish bill, and reddish tarsi.



Fortunately, during our search for this pair of quail-doves we also saw other birds in the forest.

Slaty-tailed Trogon (Trogon massena) - male

Slaty-tailed Trogon (Trogon massena) - male

Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos) - female.

Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos) - female.


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