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Uraeginthus bengalus

Uraeginthus bengalus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-04-07 15:58
Viewed: 2053
Points: 19
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Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Uraeginthus
Species:U. bengalus

The red-cheeked cordon-bleu or red-cheeked cordonbleu (Uraeginthus bengalus) is a small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in drier regions of tropical sub-Saharan Africa. Red-cheeked cordon-bleu has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 7,700,000 km².Like other members of its genus, the red-cheeked cordon-bleu is a very small finch, measuring only 12.5–13 cm (4.9–5.1 in) in length.It weighs 9.9 g (0.35 oz) on average, with known extremes in wild populations ranging from 8.9–11 g (0.31–0.39 oz). The adult male has uniformly brown upperparts, pale blue breast, flanks and tail and a yellow belly. There is a red patch on each cheek, but this can rarely appear orange or even yellow. Females are similar but duller, and lack the cheek spot. Immature birds are like the female, but with blue restricted to the face and throat.Its contact call is a thin, high-pitched piping, often repeated, and variously transcribed as siii siii or tsee tsee. The song is more complex, consisting of 4–6 high-pitched notes, the last of which is longer, lower and more burry. Described as "rhythmic but lazy", it has been transcribed as wit-sit-diddley-diddley-ee-ee.Unlike many other passerines, but like all cordon-bleu species, female red-cheeked cordon-bleus sing; they also help to defend a small area around their nest site. Their song is less complex than that of the males, and they sing less frequently. Female song peaks primarily before egg-laying, and is thought to help with pair bond maintenance or breeding synchronization.The red-cheeked cordon-bleu is common and widespread across much of central and eastern Africa. Its range stretches from the West African countries of Senegal, Gambia and southwestern Mauritania east through southern Mali, southern Niger, southern Chad and southern Sudan to Ethiopia and northwestern and southwestern Somalia, and then south to southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, eastern Angola, northern and western Zambia, southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique. It has also been introduced to the Hawaiian Islands of Hawaii and Oahu.It has been found one time (in 1924) on Cape Verde and was recorded in the Maadi area in northern Egypt during the mid-1960s; the latter birds may have been escaped cage birds, as there have been no records since.
It is found in all habitats except forest interiors, at elevations ranging from sea level to 2,430 m (7,970 ft).The red-cheeked cordon-bleu is a granivore, feeding principally on grass seeds, but also on millet and other small seeds.It is also known to feed sporadically on beeswax.Larger granivores, such as the pin-tailed whydah will chase cordon-bleus from food sources, limiting the feeding opportunities of the smaller birds and affecting their foraging success.The nest is a large domed grass structure with a side entrance in a tree, bush or thatch into which 4–5 white eggs are laid.

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I don't remember having seen this bird on TN, Luciano.
Good capture of it while it forages on the ground.
The colours on it are unique and interesting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-04-08 6:31]

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful photo of this Red-cheeked Gordon-bleu. Excellent sharpness and details and beautiful natural colors. Your POV was a bit high, but the background is nice.
Enjoy the weekend,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-04-08 7:08]

Hello Luciano,
This is a new bird for me and beautifully marked at that. I really like it's contrasting brown and pale blue colors as well as the bright red cheek patch. Wonderful detail can be seen and the exposure is great.

Hello Luciano,
I captured Cordon-Bleu in KNP but not Red-cheeked. The color of this bird looks natural and perfect.
It's just a SNAPSHOT to me. To capture PHOTOGRAPH we use CAMERA+BRAIN. Definitely, I'm not your such good friend who will applaud watching this IMAGE. Forging birds POV won't be like that. Those who don't have much knowledge in PHOTOGRAPHY will tell you it's a NICE PHOTOGRAPH. I'm not such MEMBER who comment on your Photographs just to PLEASE you. Moreover you lost details on the back (Brown color) of the bird due to PP work. In your original photograph you could see much details. If you don't like my comment and if you feel I AM YOUR ENEMY, just tell me "Srikumar, don't comment on my pictures" (smile), I'll UNDERSTAND.
Thanks for showing such Red-cheeked species,
Regards and have a nice WE,

Ciao Luciano, l'uccellino è grazioso e la qualità è più che buona, i colori sono favolosi dettagli e nitidezza ottimi, vorrei tanto pareggiarti il conto, ma proprio non ci riesco, anche se i punteggi dispari mi danno i nervi, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano

In not easy conditions, you did an excellent shot of this rare bird on TN,
fine POV and DOF, I love the bird is framed diagonally in the image,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-04-09 3:14]

Hi Luciano,
I think that photography live animals is also needed luck.
At holiday time flies inexorably and sometimes really i do not have have no luck to get my object posed as I wished. And I'm grateful for every shot. This is a response to the comment from Srikumar.
I like it,i can see that in Senegal is much what to shoot. T. N. not just for professional photographers.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Luciano,
lively capture of a rare encounter, showing good details under rather difficult strong and flat light conditions.
A documentation well worth to be shared.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hello Luciano,
Nice capture. Very good focus and details from 10 m range....It is amazing....My Nikon 300mm+1,4TC lens works no better on my D810. It is a interesting specie which I never seen on TN.
Thanks for sharing....

Bonsoir Luciano,

L'oiseau est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du Cordonbleu à joues rouges. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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