We had started out from Guadalupe early to go to Finca Hartmann , not far from the Costa Rica border. Carlos at Los Quetzals Lodge had arranged for Eto of Karitos Tours to act as our guide.Finca Hartmann is a coffee growing plantation which has operated a shade grown production very beneficial to birds.
The Tyrant Flycatchers are the largest family of birds with more than 400 member species. They can be found from the southern parts of South America to the northern reaches of North America but reach their greatest numbers in the tropics.
The Gray-capped Flycatcher, Myiozetetes granadensis, ranges from Honduras in Central America to Bolivia in South America. It is somewhat similar to the Social Flycatcher, M. similis, which lacks the distinctive gray head of this species. It often nests near water where it hunts in typical flycatcher fashion, sallying forth from a favored perch to catch insects.
This bird was seen near Bouquette in the Chiriqui highland region of Panama.
The name Redstart is shared by a large number of birds. There are over a dozen Old World Flycatchers with the name. There is also the American Redstart familiar to many North American birders.
There is also another group of warblers with this name, found mainly in the American Tropics. If you go birding in central America, you will probably see two common Redstart, the Collared shown above, and the Slate-throated shown below.
An adult male Thick-billed Euphonia has a dark blue and head and bright yellow underparts and forehead. You can see an example below.
I wondered if it might be another color morph but found no mention of it. I finally concluded it was a younger bird molting into adult plumage. I was convinced of it when I found another bird that seemed to be farther along with some dark blue on the head (See below)
Thick-billed Ruphonia in later stages of molt
The female has a general overall olive plumage. An example is below.
All images were taken in the Chiriqui Highlands of Panama
In our last Panama visit, we spent a day at Cerro Campana National Park, an area of lowland forest. It was exciting to find a pair of Yellow-eared Toucanet there, a species found from Honduras to Columbia.
After a visit to Panama, and the place we stayed at in Boquette had a fruit feeding station outside of our balcony. It attracted some great birds including a pair of Blue-crowned Motmots, who showed up early each morning.
They are gorgeous birds with two long tail plumes, which they pluck to form racquets at the end. They range from Central America down through Argentina and Chile.