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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…

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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