Sunday, February 24, 2019

Streak-backed Canastero

Continuing the high-elevation ping-pong between birds great and small...

Canasteros are small birds of the treeline and above that skulk like sedge wrens, are shaped like  pipits, and are active as gnatcatchers.  We (briefly) encountered Many-striped last year, but this year Alex coaxed the less common relative (Streak-backed) from the grasses.  There are a lot fewer photographs of this bird in the open on Google than most birds.

Aside from a mulberry throat, the birds are pretty much patterned in identical shades to the grasses they inhabit.

While a lot more subtle than the lower elevation toucans and tanagers I was excited to have learned and then seen this bird.

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