Telling a Story with Photos: The Red-billed Scythebill


While birding in southwestern Brazil last month, WC spotted a bird on a branch.

A Reddish Bird Grubbing on  Branch

A Reddish Bird Grubbing on Branch

But then the bird pulled its head out of the cavity and, whoa!

Revealed as a Red-billed Scythebill

Revealed as a Red-billed Scythebill

Even partially screened by leaves, the bird’s bill was spectacular, and a complete surprise. At a little over three inches long, the bill is half the bird’s length.

And When a Red-billed Scythebill Calls

And When a Red-billed Scythebill Calls

Birding is about seeing and discovering, the delight of finding something, especially something new. The surprise of having a plain-looking bird lift up its head and reveal such a pair of lips is the essence of birding for WC. And to then see the bird go to the end of a branch and vocalize is icing on the cake.

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