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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: Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)

The Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) is an amphibian species that inhabits from southern Mexico to northwest Colombia, where it prefers humid lowland rainforests in areas near water bodies. The eggs are deposited in leaves hanging above the water, when the time of hatching arrives, the cover of the eggs is undone and the tadpoles slide through the leaf and fall into the water where they live this larval stage.

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)

Its most notable feature are the large red eyes with vertical pupils. It has a vibrant green body with yellow and blue, vertically striped sides. Its webbed feet and toes are orange or red. It is nocturnal and arboreal, and feeds primarily on insects.

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)

This species is not considered endangered. However, its habitat is affected by global warming, pollution and deforestation, as they are very sensitive to these changes.

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)

They rely heavily on camouflage for protection, but they do have some toxins in their skin. This poison is not dangerous, but it does leave a bad taste in some predators' mouths, and a very mild irritation on the skin if you handle them (ask us how we know).


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