Oilbird

Steatornis caripensis

ML216505191



eBird Checklist S65974976
About 2 km up the Pipeline Trail
Chiriquí, Panama
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Latitude and Longitude 8.8261, -82.4996 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Molting
Breeding
Tags
Habitat; In-hand;

Media notes

Observation details

A rectrix and a contour (breast?) feather were found on the ground by Kara Sun (no eBird account). I photographed the feathers in the field, and uploaded them to iNaturalist, where an astute observer pointed out they were Oilbird feathers. I confirmed this by comparing the rectrix to reference photos online. This is a very rare bird in this region, and thus it is a record of historical relevance/importance. The bird was most likely feeding the previous night or nights in the large fruiting tree (possible aguacatillo but I'm not certain) that today was attracting several feeding quetzals. The location is at about 1800 meters elevation. Just a few meters from the enormous, thousand year old elm tree. Here is a museum reference for the identification: https://www.featherbase.info/en/species/Steatornis/caripensis.

Technical Information

Model
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
f-stop
f/4.5
Focal length
9 mm
Shutter speed
0.05 sec
ISO
800
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
4,802KB
Dimensions
4608 x 3456

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