What is This Bird?

The other morning our attention was attracted by a couple birds making a heck of racket in a nearby tree. Naturally we grabbed the cameras and went out to see what was going on.

I looked in my bird book and nothing matches these birds exactly, but the closest kind I could figure is some kind of falcon, maybe a forest falcon. Unfortunately the light wasn’t ideal to photograph any colors, but the calls came out clearly in the video.

You just never know what you are going to see around here!

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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13 Responses to What is This Bird?

  1. oldsalt1942 says:

    I sure hope one of your readers know, because I see them around here in Boqueron, too, and have wondered. I’ll keep looking to see your comments section of this post.

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  2. indacampo says:

    I can see a banded tail and the eye patch resembles the Laughing Falcon.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughing_Falcon

    Not 100% sure though but it looks closer than the Forest Falcon because of the patch and the shorter beak. 🙂

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    • You are right! Thank you 🙂 I went back to the bird book and they aren’t even listed in the photos, just a description buried within all the other similar birds so I missed that one.
      I looked them up on youtube and the others depicted there sound just like the birds we saw. Laughing Falcon it is!

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      • indacampo says:

        What book do you have? Mine is The Birds of Panama published by Zona Tropical Publication. I wish I could find a plant book that was as good. 🙂

        Glad I could help. Laughing birds, I thought that was the Kookaburra’s speciality.

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        • I have the same book. I also have A Guide to the Birds of Panama: With Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras by Robert S. Ridgely and John A. Gwynne but it’s loaned out at the moment.
          Yes, a plant book! and a tree book, and a bug book….

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  3. D. Quijote says:

    Funny, I recognize the sound it makes but I wouldn’t have been able to put a “face” to it.

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  4. Blogging is so great for getting us the answers we need….and fast! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with us; love learning something new!

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  5. Capt Dan says:

    Kris, I ‘m pretty certain that it’s a double breasted matrass thrasher. I could be wrong. let me know.

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