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COLOMBIA August 2009

From August 23 to 29, 2009, Sheridan Coffey and myself birded central Colombia using Medellin-based birding guide Pablo Flores Valencia click here to email Pablo.

The virtual-endemic Golden-fronted Whitestart Mioborus ornatus comes in two forms:

In the woodlands below Paramo Guasca, east of Bogota one can find nominate ornatus, with its distinctive white eye-surround:

In the western and central Andes (here above Jardin in western Andes) the form chrysops is found; this is an adult:

- and here is a juvenile chrysops, seen begging from an attendant adult; I've added two more photos of this individual, as it looks very different to all illustrations of Mioborus juveniles (which are all depicted as essentially dark brownish-gray above, with no pattern on the head or chest):