Saturday, August 4, 2012

Two different marsh birds

During a recent trip looking for good "birdable" marshes close to Panama City, I was able to register two different species of birds that, in spite that both shares the same habitat, are notably different in several ways.  The distinctive two-notes call of the Pale-breasted Spinetail revealed its position inside a bush... however, the skulking habits of this bird made it difficult to locate.
The Pale-breasted Spinetail is one of the most common and widespread furnarid (ovenbird) in Panama.  Like many other members of its family, it has a distinctive voice (to me it sounds like a little sneeze), furtive habits and modest plumage in different shades of brown, gray and white.  In fact, I managed to took these photos only because this bird react to a tape-recorded call.
By the other hand, the Pied Water-Tyrant is a conspicuous, active and silent member of the tyrant-flycatchers family, and, in Panama, is restricted to the central and eastern parts of the country.
Beautifully patterned in black-and-white, this bird always highlight any birding trip.  Easy to see and quite confident with the observers, I can't think in a more vivacious bird!
And what you think, quite different don't are they?

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