Congratulations to SVBC President-Emeritus Alison Wickwire Olivieri for correctly identifying our Bird Quiz Quickie. The bird pictured below is a Pale-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis albescens).
Note the faint eye stripe and particularly the very diagnostic tail configuration; hence the name Spinetail.
FYI: Some folks have mentioned the rather poor quality of this photograph, making identification a challenge. In the field, birds rarely pose fully exposed and in full sunlight. These Bird Quiz Quickies will regularly include photographs of less-than-perfect composition. But there will always be visual clues to aid in identification. In birding, we live by the motto: ‘If it was easy, it wouldn’t be any fun.’
(photo courtesy of Sarah Beeson-Jones)
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