|Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals)
|Date Taken: 2016-03-08|
|Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/40 seconds|
|Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2016-05-20 4:06|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
The Knysna turaco (Tauraco corythaix), or, in South Africa, Knysna lourie, is a large turaco, one of a group of African near-passerine birds. It is a resident breeder in the mature evergreen forests of southern and eastern South Africa, and Swaziland. It was formerly sometimes considered to be a subspecies of the green turaco of West Africa. The Livingstone's and Schalow's turacos were once considered subspecies.
This species lays two eggs in a shallow platform nest made from sticks and placed in a tree or clump of creepers.
Within its range, this is an unmistakable bird, although often inconspicuous in the treetops. It is 40–42 cm long, including a long tail. The small but thick orange-red bill and a white line just under the eye contrast with the mainly green plumage. It has a tall green crest, which is tipped with white. The eye is brown and the eye-ring deep red. In flight, Knysna turaco shows conspicuous crimson primary flight feathers. Sexes are similar, but juvenile birds have a shorter crest without the white tips.
The Knysna turaco is usually seen flying between forest trees, or hopping along branches. It feeds on fruit, insects and earthworms. It has a loud kow-kow-kow-kow call.
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- [2016-05-20 7:04]
It's great to see a post from you again, and what a treat it is. A real beauty of a bird with such elaborate head plumage. Tac sharp and displaying wonderful detail and rich natural colors. A new bird for me and a thrill to view.
- [2016-05-20 8:23]
HI Carl,welcome back with this amazing portrait! What a beautiful bird from South Africa,a magnificent specie and a spectacular close up made in the best sharpness and bright colors,interesting note too,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Beautiful species! I haven't seen this species yet in KNP. I saw Purple Crested Turaco. Nice color.
Thanks for showing,
Regards and have a nice WE,
un gros plan sur l'oeil, intéressant et d'un bon impact.
De très belles couleurs
- [2016-05-23 7:27]
When I was in the Western Cape I've only seen him in a glimpse. Could not make a photo of it. This is a beauty in superb quality. Very attractive.