Thursday, October 26, 2000

White-throated Shrike-Tanagers at El Copé

Bill Porteous found no less that three males of White-throated Shrike-Tanager accompanying mixed flocks in El Copé. Both sightings were on the trail that goes down to the right beyond the ANAM refuge. The first was of a single bird which sat quietly on a branch at eye level and in full view, but about 30m distant. It had its back to me at first, and appeared all black with a triangular yellow mantle patch, but it turned to look at me, displaying its white throat and yellow underparts. The second sighting was of two males in the same mixed flock. Both were calling aggressively, and, following tape playback, they came in to about 5m range in the understory providing excellent views.

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