July 19, 2019

Long-billed Starthroat (Heliomaster longirostris) is a beautiful little bird with an overall length of 11 centimetres including its long straight black bill which measures 3.5 cm. 

These wide-ranging hummingbirds inhabit second growth woodlands, forest edges, and partia...

April 3, 2019

The Sapayoa  (Sapayoa aegnima)   is so different from other passerine birds that it is currently placed in its own family, Sapayoidae.  It is restricted to lowland and foothills  (to 600 m.)  evergreen forest in the Chocó between central Panama and northwestern Ecuador...

December 3, 2018

The Scaly-breasted Hummingbird (Phaeochroa cuvierii) is a rather large and very plainly colored species about four and a half inches in length. The sexes are alike, and in both the upper plumage is metallic bronze-green.  There is a small, whitish spot behind each eye....

September 24, 2018

Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (Nyctanassa violacea) is a short, stocky wading bird about 24 inches. Their wingspan is a little less than four feet. It has long yellow to orange legs and a gray body. They have a black head, black bill, red eyes, white cheek patch, and a y...

August 22, 2018

Well-disguised and cryptic in its behavior, the Brown vine Snake (Oxybelis aeneus) is a colubrid snake originally described by Johann Wagler in 1824. The dull coloration is well-paired with still, outstretched positions to make the snake resemble a thin vine; sometimes...

July 23, 2018

Geoffroy's Tamarin, is the smallest primate found in Panama, with a weight of a little more than a half kilogram and a body length averaging around 24 cm. 
Can be found from Central Panama extending into Colombia. The exact western limit is not clearly defined.

These pri...

June 22, 2018

Tropical Mockingbird is resident from southern Mexico to northern Brazil, and in West Indies and other Caribbean Islands. The original range was southern Mexico south to Honduras, and again in northern South America, but with a gap from central Honduras south to Colomb...

April 22, 2018

Emerald swifts or Green Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus malachiticus)  get their common name as a result of the magnificent bright green and blue coloration exhibited by mature males. They grow from 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) in length. Like other species in the genus Sceloporus,...

March 19, 2018

Widespread, common and adapatable, the Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN . 

Tropical Kingbird has a gray head with a semiconcealed red coronal patch, dusky lores, white throat, grayish olive upperparts and yell...

February 22, 2018

Not all birds sing and not all the sounds birds make are called songs. Singing is limited to the order  Passeriformes, or perching birds. This means that nearly half of the birds in the world do not sing. They are not, however, silent. Nearly all birds use sounds to co...

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