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Scimitar-billed Woodcreepers vs. snake

Drymornis bridgessi


South American species with a long curved bill with a dark chestnut head and two whitish lines on face, above & below eyes. Breast and belly whitish and heavily streaked. Chestnut tail.


Open woods, savannahs and gardens. Climbs tree trunks probing the bark, vocalizing all of the time. Prefers myriapods and spiders but accepts other arthropods and apparently small snakes.


As the pair were fighting with the snake, a Rufous Hornero and a Great Kiskadee tried to get in on their action but were chased away. The pair then pecked the snake into submission with their scimitar-beaks and then flew off with it. Snake species unknown.

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MarkW3 11 years ago

Thank you, Alice.

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Great pictures and story!

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Spotted on Nov 16, 2012
Submitted on Dec 11, 2012

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