The 6" Black-hooded Antshrike (Thamnophilus bridgesi) is endemic to Costa Rica and western Panama. The male is all black with white shoulder spots.
|Black-hooded Antshrike - male|
|Black-hooded Antshrike - female|
|Dull-Mantled Antbird - male|
|Chestnut-backed Antbird - female|
|Spotted Antbird - male|
|Spotted Antbird - female|
The next 2 birds were real prizes as they are so secretive and hard to see well. Both were lifers for me.
The 5" Streak-chested Antpitta (Hylopezus perspicillatus) was spotted by my guide standing quietly on a log just about 8 feet off the trail. Like all antpittas, they appear tailless. They are described as 'eggs with legs'. The sexes are similar. It is brown backed with white underparts and streaking.
The manakins are family of small colorful songbirds. The males do elaborate dances to attract a mate. The females are usually dull green or olive. I was able to photograph 3 new species on this trip.
The 4" male Orange-collared Manakin (Manacus aurantiacus) has a black crown and wings, orange collar, yellow belly and olive back.
|Orange-collared Manakin - male|
|White-ruffed Manakin - male|
|White-ruffed Manakin - juvenile male|
The 4" male Blue-crowned Manakin (Lepidothrix coronata) is all black with blue on top of his head.
|Blue-crowned Manakin - male|
Happy birding and photography,
photos copyright 2006 - 2016 David McDonald
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