Plain-crowned Spinetails are common ovenbirds in Kabalebo. They are seldom seen out in the open but are heard frequently. Luckily I was able to capture some pictures of these songbirds and record their sound.
The Plain-crowned Spinetail is a slender kind of songbird. Best described as a secretive bird that forages low on the ground, making short bouncy hops. It is a none colorful ovenbird who starts the day very early by calling continuously. When one is trying to look for the culprit it is usually a 'mission impossible' task. As it likes to hide in dense vegetation and likes to stay close near thick undergrowth.
It took me some years to first identify the sound and second to identify the bird when being seen in plain side. Since it is an insectivorous bird it won't stay quite long at one place. Most of the time I have seen them in pairs behind the staff houses, but they barely give you ample time to take a great picture of them. I was able to take these pictures in a split second. No second chances were available.
I recorded their sound during an afternoon hike. Very strange as it looks/sounds like it was talking to itself.