Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Spot-crowned Woodcreeper

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Spot-crowned Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes affinis)
3/28/04 - Amistad National Park, Chiriqui. Woodcreepers are a little like overgrown Brown Creepers and, true to their name, are almost always seen creeping up wood. This terrible photo is of the only woodcreeper that stayed put long enough to be scoped. There are many similar species, but with practice, you can actually tell them apart and appreciate their subtle beauty. Spot-crowned was the most numerous woodcreeper we saw in the highlands of Chiriqui.

woodcreepers,Spot-crowned Woodcreeper,bird photo Spot-crowned WoodcreeperKicau Nusantara he Spot-crowned Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes affinis), is a passerine bird which breeds in the tropical New World from central Mexico in the east, the Sierra Madre Orientals, to northern Panama.
This woodcreeper is found in mountains from 1000 m to the timberline in mossy, epiphyte-laden forest and adjacent semi-open woodland and clearings. It builds a leaf-lined nest 0.6 to 8 m up in a tree cavity or old woodpecker or barbet hole, and lays two white eggs.
The Spot-crowned Woodcreeper is typically 21.5 cm long, and weighs 35 g. It has a spotted crown, olive brown upperparts with fine streaking on the upper back, a chestnut rump, wings and tail, and heavily streaked olive-brown underparts. The bill is slender and decurved. Young birds are duller with less distinct streaking and crown spots.woodcreepers,Spot-crowned Woodcreeper,bird photo Spot-crowned WoodcreeperSpot-crowned Woodcreeper is very similar to Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Lepidocolaptes souleyetii, but is larger, has a spotted crown, and is the only woodcreeper found at high altitudes.
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper feeds on spiders and insects, creeping up trunks and extracting its prey from the bark or mosses. It will join mixed-species feeding flocks. wikipedia


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