Congratulations to the following SVBC members for correctly identifying our Quiz Bird for Sept 11, 2019 as, the Costa Rican Brush Finch:
Julie Wooley–Randall Jimenez–Christopher Stamp–Jean-Phillippe Thelliez
The Costa Rican Brush Finch (Arremon costaricensis) is primarily a secretive ground dwelling or dense understory bird. Similar Coto Brus birds: Black-stripped Sparrow, Orange-billed Sparrow.
What visual clues did our Quiz Bird photo offer to ensure a proper ID?
All white throat.
Thick black mask (only partially seen in quiz photo).
Thank you all for participating. Complete photo of the Costa Rican Brush Finch shown below; courtesy of Gail-Hewson Hull.