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Tropical Gnatcatcher

(Polioptila plumbea)

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Small gray bird with black wings; black tail edged with white; whitish chest / belly; straight black bill; male has black on top of head and black eyestripe; female has gray on top of head and gray eyestripe; 10 cm (4 in). (Perlita Tropical).


Low and middle elevations, Caribbean and Pacific slopes; found in tree canopy and shrubs in more open, wooded sites; forest edges, clearings, gardens, tree plantations, and, in drier regions, along waterways.

Found in the following Parks:

Arenal Volcano National Park.
Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Tropical Gnatcatcher (Polioptila plumbea), Costa Rica