Monday, January 10, 2011

Wing-banded Antbird at Cerro Musún

Between January 4 and 6, 2011, Liliana Chavarría and Georges Duriaux conducted a Golden-winged Warbler census in the Cerro Musún Natural Reserve near Río Blanco (Matagalpa Department). Using mist-nests in an attempt to capture their target species, Georges and Liliana were thrilled to capture a Wing-banded Antbird (Myrmornis torquata). Although confirmation of this species' presence in Nicaragua is based on specimens collected between 1893 and 1917*, there are few reports in recent years, the lastest known published sighting being from May 1994 at Refugio Bartola on the Rio San Juan, by Martin L. Cody. Wing-banded Antbird is described as "uncommon and patchily distributed" throughout its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Although it is found in Nicaragua, Panama, and several South American countries, it has not been reported from Costa Rica.
Wing-banded Antbird

Wing-banded Antbird

Other notable species observed by Liliana and Georges at Cerro Musún include Crested Guan (Penelope purpurascens), Great Curassow (Crax rubra), Pheasant Cuckoo (Dromococcyx phasianellus), Snowcap (Microchera albocoronata), Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner (Anabacerthia variegaticeps), Scaled Antpitta (Grallaria guatimalensis), Ochre-bellied Flycatcher (Mionectes oleaginous), Golden-crowned Spadebill (Platyrinchus coronatus), White-ruffed (Corapipo altera) and White-collared Manakins (Manacus candei), Nightingale Wren (Microcerculus Philomela), Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus frantzii), Rufous-winged Tanager (Tangara lavinia), and Black-faced Grosbeak (Caryothraustes poliogaster).

*Martínez Sanchez, J.C. & Will, T., 2010. Thomas R. Howell’s Check-list of the Birds of Nicaragua as of 1993. The American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.

Scaled Antpitta

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