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The National Bird Of Swaziland

The National Bird Of Swaziland
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron AF70-300mmF/4-5.6Di-LD-MACRO 1:2
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-07-09 22:20
Viewed: 5604
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this picture in Skukuza(Kruger National Park;South Africa).

The Purple-crested Turaco(Tauraco prophyreolophus) is a species of bird in the Musophagidae family.It is the National Bird of Swaziland,and the crimson flight feathers of this and related Turaco species are important in the ceremonial regalia of the Swazi Royal Family.

Species:T.porphyreolophus(Vigors 1831)


This bird has a purple coloured crest above a green head,a red ring around their eyes,and a black bill.The neck and chest are green and brown.The rest of the body is purple,with red flight feathers.


They live in moist woodland and evergreen forests.They eat mainly fruit.


It is found in Burundi,Kenya,Malawi,Mozambique,Rwanda,South Africa,Swaziland,Tanzania,Uganda,Zambia and Zimbabwe.Their southernmost occurrence is at the Mtamvuna River on the KwaZulu-Natal-Eastern Cape border.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-07-09 23:43]

Hi Srikumar
indeed it is such a beautiful bird. excellent sharpness and details. The lovely blue sky is really a wonderful scene here.
Exciting shot.


Hello Srikumar!
The bird in picture is indeed an amazing one, new one for me. Color combination is great and a blue sky as BG has helped in attaining details on this beautiful bird. But the overall quality of shot is not good, probably because of the distance involved between the subject and your lens. The dry twigs it is perching on give a blending sort of look; so are the bird's tail and head. Wish you good luck in getting a closer shot of it. Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-07-10 2:48]

Hi Srikumar,

Amazing colors of the bird, I like very much the texture of the plumage.
Great composition hers, very nice sharpness and the d彋ails are superb.
My best regards.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-07-10 3:20]

Hi Srikumar,
A lovely capture of this beautiful bird ..
Beautiful photo in good sharpness and natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-07-10 4:35]

Hello Sri,
A very special bird! Interesting to see a rarely shown species. It seemed to be quite high on the tree, what didn't allow the best sharpness.

Hello Srikumar,
Beautiful photo of this Purple-crested Turaco, musophaga porphyreolophus.
I've seen them in S.Africa, but only had a decent photo of it from a bird park.
Nice to see the splendid colours against the blue sky in the background. Good choice of composition.

hallo Sri
nice composition and beautiful colours
i like the bird with the trange head
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely with fantastic colors, great sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

What a lovely presentation.
Loved your notes too.
A well focused image showing DETAILS of the birds plumage!!!
Best and most kind regards from Canada,

Hi Srikumar
照的很漂亮 很美丽的鳥 也很清晰
构图也很美丽 色彩很美麗 神情也很自然
真是好看 谢谢分享

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-07-10 16:16]

Hi Srikumar,perfect capture of this interesting specie,the quality is truly perfect,great detail,sharpness and colors,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-07-10 20:33]

Hello Srikumar,
I'm sure you were very excited to capture such an attractive and unique looking bird. This is a new one for me and what a beauty it is. I really like the iridescent green head feathers and the array of reddish and yellow hues on it's breast. Good eye contact!!

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2014-07-10 21:36]

colorful and very beautiful. nicely taken and presented. tfs.

Hello Srikumar,
Tr鋊 belle image qui traduit bien l'attitude tr鋊 farouche de cet oiseau.
Bravo et merci pour le partage.

Uncommon species!Bravo!

Hi Srikumar,
Colorful species on a nice photo. Focus seems a little soft even after selective sharpening (there's a small yet vissible bright halo around the bird), but as a composition it really sticks into the viewer's mind. Light management is excellent also. Great photo overall, nice choice for your 300th upload. :-)
Best regards from Ireland, L嫳zl

Ciao Srikumar. Brigh colours against the soft blue like BG. Amazing light.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-07-16 7:37]

Hi Srikumar,
Excellent portrait of a beautiful and coloured bird. Gorgeous colours and details. Very good composition.
Regards Jiri.

WOW! That's life bird for me. :) TFS

Hello Srikumar

Beautiful photo of the National Bird Of Swaziland
that is the Purple-crested Turaco, with fine POV
obtaining its expressive glance and eye-contact on you,
as always the catch-light render the photo more beautiful, TFS


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-08-01 21:10]

Hola Srikumar, que bello Turaco, una especie muy ex鏒ica y bella, me gusta su co隳r met嫮ico, el entorno y la percha...saludos.

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