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Saturday, June 23, 2018

BREEDING MALE WHITE-COLLARED SEEDEATER, ROUTE 922, PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, 6/13/18

   We can ID this bird as a  breeding male White-collared Seedeater by its small size (about 4"); short, stubby, dark bill with strongly curved culmen; black wings with two white wingbars (you can see part of the wingbars in the photo;the wingbars differentiate it from the similar male Variable Seedeater of the Pacific race, which has no wingbars); black hood; bold white collar; black tail and grayish-white underparts.
   The White-collared  Seedeater eats mainly seeds and insects, and occasionally berries.  This Seedeater is resident within it's range, it does not migrate.  It is abundant in Mexico and Central America and can be found in southern Texas.
   The White-collared Seedeater is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 794.