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Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)

Interesting facts:

Their habitat is montane cloud forest from Southern Mexico to western Panama. The male has a helmet-like crest. Depending on the light its feathers can shine in a variant of colors from green-gold to blue-violet. In breeding males, tail coverts are longer than the rest of the body. It is classified as near threatened due to habitat loss.

El Valle - the best place for Panama Birds & Wildlife Photos of 2017 (pt. 3) - Nocturnal Safari

We returned to El Valle for another Nocturnal Safari, this time guided by Josanel Sugasti. Our photographers Julio and Siu spent several hours walking a small trail and making pictures in the humid night, with other 3 photographers. 

Below, a selection of some of the best pictures we made in this adventure.

Scorpion (Tityus pachyurus)
Tityus is a large genus of thick-tailed scorpions (family Buthidae), which contains more than 200 described species distributed in Central America and South America, from Costa Rica to Argentina. The genus contains several dangerously venomous scorpions.






Pug-nosed Treefrogs (Smilisca sila)
is distinguished by its very short snout and truncated in appearance.




Moss Mimic Katydid (Tettigoniidae)

Cockroach (Blatodea)




Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae)
Tiger beetles are a large group of beetles, from the Cicindelinae subfamily, known for their aggressive predatory habits and running speed. Tiger beetles often have large bulging eyes, long, slender legs and large curved mandibles. All are predatory, both as adults and as larvae.










New Granada Cross-banded Treefrog or Masked Treefrogs (Smilisca phaeota)

Masked treefrogs' coloration can range from pale green to tan, and the frog may either be uniform in color or have dark olive green to dark brown dorsal blotches




Robber Fly (Asilidae)


Blunthead Tree Snake (Imantodes cenchoa)

Caterpillar (Lepidoptera)

Spider (Theridiidae)


Slim-fingered Rain Frogs (Craugastor crassidigitus)

Stream Anole (Anolis lionotus)






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