Black birds in Panama

For today’s look at birds from Panama I decided to show you some black ones, even though the females of the species are brown.

Here is a portrait of the Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus -Rabengeier)

They were everywhere, cleaning up

The Great-Tailed Grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus – Dohlengrackel) were abundant, too. The female is brown…

… and the male is black and shiny. (Click to enlarge – the photo is better big.)

We also saw to kinds of Cowbirds.

Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis – Seidenkuhstärling) – female

Bronzed Cowbird (Molothrus aeneus – Rotaugenkuhstärling) – male


~ by Natalie on July 6, 2012.

4 Responses to “Black birds in Panama”

  1. Handsome black birds! I always like the way the light hits the glossy black feathers. I’ve never seen a Bronzed Cowbird before. Very cool! Fantastic photographs!

  2. Great shots of the sometimes difficult to photograph black birds Natalie! I hope to see the Black Vulture in the wild one day as I have only seen one in a show and I love that close up of the female Great-tailed Grackle! Excellent! Wonderful photos of the Cowbirds too. You really caught that iridescence of their plumage.

  3. @Larry and @JulieG: Thanks so much for paying a visit and leaving a comment!

  4. I’ve seen these ones but far away and could not take pictures, not like parrots and hummings 😉 Beautiful set of pictures and the portrait of the vulture is sumptuous!

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