Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bulletin 277 - Ecuador #11 - other birds

This will be the last of the photos from my Ecuador trip at the end of June. But don't worry I have some more from a later trip.

I got photos of 3 different jays. The Inca Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) is very similar to the Green Jay in south Texas and in fact until a few years ago, there were considered to be the same species. However, if you look closely, there are several color differences.

Inca Jay
The Turquoise Jay (Cyanolyca turcosa) is mostly blue with a black mask.

Turquoise Jay
Lastly, the Violaceous Jay (Cyanocorax violaceus) is purplish with a black hood.

Violaceous Jay
The juvenile Black Caracara (Daptrius ater) is all black with a yellow face and bill. The adult would have red in place of the yellow.

Black Caracara - juvenile
The Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana) is a typical long tailed cuckoo and yher most commonly encountered. This on is all rufous and this is the best photo I have obtained of this bird.

Squirrel Cuckoo

The cute 4" male Red-capped Manakin (Dixiphia mentalis) is black with a red head and a pale eye.

Red-capped Manakin - male
Lastly, I got photos of several guans. The Sickle-winged Guan (Chamaepetes goudotii) has black upperparts and a rufous belly. He also had blue bare skin on his face.

Sickle-winged Guan
Spix's Guan (Penelope jacquacu) is gray brown with a red throat patch and bare blue skin on face.

Spix's Guan
The Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii) has a spotted chest, head and neck and brown back with a red throat patch.

Andean Guan
And the last is the Blue-throated Piping Guan (Pipile cumanensis). It is black with a white head and wing patches and a blue throat.

Blue-throated Piping Guan

Happy birding and photography,

David McDonald

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