Saturday, December 16, 2006

Umbrellabird at El Copé


José Carlos García sent this report of the seldom-photographed Bare-necked Umbrellabird he and Mahelis Rodríguez saw on La Rica Trail, on General de División Omar Torrijos (née El Copé) National Park on October 15. The fully-feathered throat and upper chest show this bird to be a juvenile, if you believe Wetmore; if you believe Ridgeley, this bird could be either a juvenile or a female. This is the second record from the area, which is the eastern limit of its range. José Carlos mentioned that one of the park rangers had also seen a male the day before, right next to the visitor center.

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