Quiz Bird for July 22, 2019

Most of our Quiz Birds are shown through a photograph that displays only part of the bird; or from an odd angle; or with imperfect lighting.

Not this one!

Shown below is a near perfect photograph of our new Quiz Bird.

If you can identify this bird send your answer to:


Good luck.

(photo courtesy of Pepe Castiblanco, taken in Coto Brus)

July 7 Quiz Bird: the Answer?

We had some very learned guesses to the July 7th Quiz Bird but unfortunately none were correct.

The lack of correct guesses may be due to my bad drawing (see below).

The correct answer is–Marbled Wood Quail! See, there are actually two birds feeding on the ground.

Stay tuned for our next (and real) Quiz Bird coming on Monday, July 23.

Next Bird Walk: New Location/Proximo caminata: Nueva ubicacion–Sunday, July 21

Please join the San Vito Bird Club for our next walk on Sunday, July 21st.

Location: La Troja Restaurant and trails in Limoncito; see below for directions.

As usual, we have a 6:00am walk scheduled and a 7:30am walk.

The 6am walk will be lead by Alamo Matarrita, who is the creator of the new trail system. This walk is long and fairly difficult; about a 3 hour loop. Very, very good second growth birding and wonderful scenery. Bring water and possibly an umbrella.

The 7:30am walk will be lead by Greg Homer. This walk will be only about one hour; again, great birding.

Also, for those who prefer to stay close the restaurant, you may join Alison Olivieri for a stroll about the grounds. Birding around the restaurant is also great.

La Troja restaurant is on the road north toward Buenos Aires but is only about 15-20 minutes from downtown San Vito. You will see the ‘LA TROJA’ sign on the right side of the road as you come into Limoncito.

You can meet up and follow Alamo Matarrita at 5:45am near the Nuevo Mundo Chinese restaurant for the 6am walk. For the 7:30 walk, you can meet up with Greg Homer at 7:15, same place.

Following your walk, La Troja serves reasonably priced breakfasts, lunches and beverages.

The owners of La Troja have great plans to reforest parts of their property; an action we all support and encourage! Hope to see you there.

Our Big Three: Rosy, Mousey and Branny

Great things, stupendous things, things of legend often come in threes for some reason.  

Remember the famous Three Tenors?  Those three dudes who were the best opera singers in the world; Pavarotti…and that other guy whose name I can’t quite remember….and uh…the other dude whose name no one can remember?  

The three best baseball players of the 1950s…Willie, Mickey and the Duke.  There was even a wonderful song written about them.

Plus, our world has so many other big threes, such as:

  • The Three Musketeers.
  • The Three Stooges.
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Here in San Vito we have our very own BIG THREE.  Our ‘Big Three’ approaches legend, they are highly sought-after and they possess near mythical qualities.  

Who are the San Vito Bird Club BIG THREE?  They are of course…rare birds.

  1. Rosy Thrush-tanager (Rosy).
  2. Mouse-colored Tyrannulet (Mousey).
  3. Bran-colored Flycatcher (Branny).

Rosy (the Rosy Thrush-tanager) is the biggest and most beautiful of the Big Three, as the descriptor ‘Rosy’ might imply.  Found low to the ground, generally in weedy fields Rosy is highly sought after by most birders who come to Costa Rica.

Mousey (the Mouse-colored Tyrannulet) is often described…quite accurately…as ‘a little brown bird’.  Found throughout much of South America, Mousey has used great wisdom and extended its range northward into Coto Brus.  

Branny (the Bran-colored Flycatcher) has almost the very same range as Mousey. Branny too has made our area its northernmost home.  What I find so fascinating about the Bran-colored Flycatcher is its name. Who, other than cubicle-dwelling taxonomists, would look at Branny and think–’Hey, that bird is the color of bran.’  I suspect many taxonomists eat a lot of bran (if you know what I mean).

Please click on the link below.  It leads you to our wonderful ‘Gallery of Local Birds’ page where you can see photos of Rosy, Mousey and Branny; plus several of our other special birds including Pepe Castiblanco’s choices for the Big Three, Ruddy and Manny (the Ruddy Foliage-gleaner and the Lance-tailed Manakin.


Quiz Bird for July 7, 2019

This Quiz Bird may be rather difficult to identify. Shown below is not a photograph; it is a drawing, made from a distant sighting.

If you can identify this bird send your response to:


Or even better…send me proper Quiz Bird photograph and maybe we’ll use it!

Quiz Bird from June 7: The Answer

Jo Davidson, Terri Peterson and Alison Olivieri all correctly identified our June 7th Quiz Bird as the…


Well done.  And Ms. Peterson also chipped in with a very good point; not too long ago the Wrenthrush had a MUCH prettier name–the Zeledonia.  So look for the beautiful Wrenthrush next time you’re up in the higher altitudes.

FYI: Send your photos that may serve as a challenging Quiz Bird to:



Quiz Bird: June 7, 2019

Unlike most of our Quiz Bird photos, this photo is perfectly composed, lighted and framed.  You can clearly see every aspect of this Quiz Bird!

However, to see this bird you must leave San Vito and go up, up, up into higher altitudes.  Look around stands of bamboo, fairly close to the ground and you may spot the beautiful…???

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(photo courtesy of John Missing, forwarded from Gail Hull)