Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Nicaraguan Seed-Finch

As we left the marshes in northern Costa Rica, suddenly our bus screeched to a stop. Our guides spotted a small group of Nicaraguan Seed-Finches. Once this finch was restricted to Nicaragua. Apparently in response to deforestation, populations spread into Costa Rica and western Panama. This species is now uncommon and local on the Caribbean slope of southern Central America. Schulenberg (2015) suggests maybe a more appropriate name for this bird, given its expanding range, may be Pink-billed Seed-Finch. The bill does look a bit pinkish in my photos, although, in the field the color just seemed pale.

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