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Friday, June 22, 2018

WHITE-LORED GNATCATCHER, PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK,GUANACASTE,COSTA RICA, 6/13/18

   We can ID the bird in the first photo as a female White-lored Gnatcatcher by its  very small size (about 4"), gray cap, narrow white supercillary, black eyeline, gray upperparts, white underparts, black uppertail, white undertail and tail cocked up. The bird in the second photo is a male White-lored Gnatcatcher with it black cap.  The Gnatcatcher in the third photo can be either a male or female.  The male and female were foraging in close proximity to one another, as this species generally does.  This also helps us ID them as White-lored Gnatcatchers.
   The White-lored Gnatcatcher's diet includes beetles, bugs, small moths, caterpillars, etc.  It is endemic to Middle America, predominantly found on the Pacific slope from southern Mexico and northwest Costa Rica, but also on the Atlantic side of the Yucatan.
   The White-lored Gnatcatcher is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 793.