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Photo by Robert_Scanlon
Cana Field Station, Panama, January 2004
Nystalus radiatus


Bill grey green; eyes yellow. Cinnamon rufous barred black above, broad buffy nuchal collar and white throat; sides of face and underparts buff finely barred black, most heavily on sides.


From central Panama (northern Cocle) through Colombia to western Ecuador.




Forest clearing in cloud forests to 900m.


Often in separated pairs perched quietly and partially hidden in foliage at mid-level or higher. Occasionally lower or may even drop to ground for prey. Sallies at long intervals to foliage on branches for prey.


The diet includes insects, even as large as grasshoppers.


Call: a long, slow, wolf-whistle, phweeeeet-weeeeeuuuu (about 4-5 seconds) repeated about twice a minute; ventriloquial, remarkably humanlike, and not often heard.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Angehr and Dean: The birds of Panama

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