Spotted Barbtail

Deep in the Monte Verde cloud forest, I obtained two pictures of a bird foraging in the moss and epiphytes on the trunk of a tree. The better of the two is shown below. Although blurred due to the slow shutter speed (1/40th sec even at ISO 1600 ASA) and partially obscured, no other woodcreeper combines such dark brown plumage with buffy spots on the under parts. The throat is pale tawny as noted in the "Birds of Coast Rica" by Garrigues and Dean. The short tail, compared to other woodcreepers, is also apparent in this photo.

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