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Old Friday 14th June 2019, 21:07   #1
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Costa Rica Bird ID

Hi,

Can anyone help ID this bird seen in December in Costa Rica? It was on the Eastern side of CR, but I don't recall if it was on the coast near Cahuita or a bit further inland and higher elevation near Siquieres. It has a curiously crossed bill that makes me think it would be easy to ID, but I'm not finding it.

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Old Friday 14th June 2019, 21:23   #2
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Looks a bit like Slaty antwren (from memory) with a bill deformity but I haven't got my books to hand...
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Old Friday 14th June 2019, 22:19   #3
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[quote=dwatsonbirder;3859888]Looks a bit like Slaty antwren (from memory) with a bill deformity but I haven't got my books to hand...[/QUOTE
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I looked it up and I think it is a White Flanked Antwren, which are common in eastern CR where I was.

https://neotropical.birds.cornell.ed...fant2/overview

I'm surprised I didn't find it earlier, but I was thrown off by the bill deformity thinking it was a key characteristic.

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This is a Western Slaty Antshrike aka Black-crowned Antshrike, not an antwren.
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This is a Western Slaty Antshrike aka Black-crowned Antshrike, not an antwren.
I originally wrote antshrike eather than antwren, but thought the bill was too fine so changed my mind. I agree with Motmot though, western slaty antshrike.
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