Thursday, April 7, 2011

White-whiskered Puffbird at Aguas Frescas

As part of their week-long visit to Refugio Bartola and nearby areas, Klemens Steiof and Rob Batchelder spent the morning of March 22, 2011, hiking the MARENA (Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales)-managed trail at Aguas Frescas, located in the Indio-Maiz Biological Reserve, about 5 km. down the Rio San Juan from Bartola. Although it rained most of the morning and the 3 km. path was treacherously muddy, Klemens and Rob found several dozen species of birds, including a lone female White-whiskered Puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis), which posed obligingly on an exposed branch just above the trail for several minutes.

Other interesting birds seen at Aguas Frescas included Blue Ground-Dove (Claravis pretiosa), Mealy Parrot (Amazona farinosa), Black-throated (Trogon rufus) and Slaty-tailed Trogons (Trogon massena), Rufous Motmot (Baryphthengus martii), Great Antshrike (Taraba major), Streak-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus striaticeps), Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea), and
Orange-billed Sparrow (Arremon aurantiirostris).

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