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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F100, AF-S VR Zoom-NikkorED 70-200mm f/2.8G IF, Fuji Velvia 50
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-01 6:47
Viewed: 8703
Points: 22
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Madagascar Cuckoo-roller
(Leptosomus discolor)

Conservation status: Least concern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Leptosomatidae
Genus: Leptosomus

Binomial name
Leptosomus discolor

The Cuckoo-roller, Leptosomus discolor, is the only bird in the family Leptosomatidae, which is usually considered to be within the order Coraciiformes, which also includes the kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers. However, there is morphological evidence for a placement within or near to Falconiformes. It was formerly known by the name coural.

This is a medium-sized species of forests in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands. It eats small prey such as insects.

Unlike the true rollers and ground rollers, where the sexes have identical appearance, the male and female Cuckoo Roller have distinctive plumages. Males are mostly velvety grey. The back, tail, and wings are dark shiny green. They have a black eyestripe. Females and young birds are mostly brown marked with darker streaks.

Like most members of the order, cuckoo rollers nest in tunnels in banks, laying about white eggs.

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-07-01 6:49]

Hi Andrea,

What a nice pic - good contact with the bird, fine colours and sharpness!


Di bene in meglio, bello questo primo piano d'uccello, bei dettagli e colori; molto simpatica!

Ciao Andrea.


Hi Andrea,
You've handled the light/shadow well, and I like the upturned head pose..
Well composed, nice color and good detail.
Well done and Thank You!

fine colours and sharpness

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-01 22:17]
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Hi Andrea
Wow, what a lovely bird. I have never seen one of these, so thanks for introducing it to me. It gave you a perfect pose to show off that amazing pink sheen on the edge of the wing and the fill-in flash gave you a nice little catch light in the eye.
The composition is great, the colours are stunning, and the details are very sharp while the DOF plane is clearly visible on the branch. The brighter OOF BG did well to enhance the slightly shady bird and the exposure was managed very well. Since half the bird was in shade you controlled the fill-in flash excellently to bring light to the shady parts yet did not OE on the brighter areas.
Very well done and TFS.

Hi Andrea

You have done a great job here. Image has very good depth of colour. Nicely composed with well chosen POV. Clarity and sharpness are spot on. Well done. :-)

Hi Andrea,
A beautiful little guy, very good lighting!
I like the framing in this well composed image,
good colours and details...
Good point of view, pleasant colours and details!
Pablo -

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2006-07-02 6:10]

Bongiorno Andrea, bella fotografia, belli colori i dettagli e un colore violet splendido.

Wow! Such a beautiful bird you captured! Superb focusing and sharpness with impressive colours! Great shot Andrea!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-02 17:58]

Hi Andrea
Great colourful shot. Beautiful bird. Great sharpnes, colours, details, light, DOF and POV
Well done Andrea


Very nice birdshot. I like the POV very much. The colours and the details are great. I like that there is focus on the brange aswell as on the bird. The background is perfect. Regards Mattias

Ciao Andrea,
Nonostante l'ombra, č senza meno la pių bell'immagine che abbia visto del maschio adulto. Originariamente creduto imparentato con genere Cuculus. Ora, creduto pių strettamente in relazione agli altri "Ground-Roller" di Brachypteracidae, ed al genere Coracias.

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