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Melanerpes Pucherani

Melanerpes Pucherani
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Copyright: Roberto Garcia (Rgarcia) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 4 N: 15] (146)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus E510, ZUIKO DIGITAL 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-06 13:33
Viewed: 4214
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
El carpintero centroamericano o carpintero cara negra (Melanerpes pucherani) es un ave neotropical del género Melanerpes cuya área de distribución se extiende desde México hasta PERÚ(descubierta recientemente en este último país). Su nombre científico es un homenaje al zoólogo galo Jacques Pucheran.

The Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Melanerpes pucherani, is a resident breeding bird from southeastern Mexico south to Peru (most recently).
This woodpecker occurs in the higher levels of wet forests, semi-open woodland and old second growth. It nests in an unlined hole 6-30 m high in a dead tree. The clutch is two to four glossy white eggs, incubated by both sexes.
The adult is 18.5 cm long and weighs 63 g. It has black upperparts with white barring on the back, white spotting on the wings and a white rump. The tail is black with some white barring, and the underparts are pale buff-olive with a red central belly. There is a black patch through the eys and on the cheeks, a yellow forehead, and a red nape. The crown is red in the male and black in the female. Young birds are duller, have less white above and less red on the belly.
The Black-cheeked Woodpecker feeds on insects, but will take substantial quantities of fruit and nectar.
This common and conspicuous species gives a rattling krrrrrl call and both sexes drum on territory.
The binomial commemorates the French zoologist Jacques Pucheran.

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Hello Roberto,
Beautiful woodpecker. Very well done.

Hi Roberto
L'image de ce pic est magnifiques, les couleurs sont splendides, lumineuses et très bien contrastées, excellent focus et superbe pose
Bravo et au revoir...JP

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-06 15:30]

Magnifica foto de qualidade espetacular muito nitida e aproximação exelente meus parabéns.

Hola Roberto: Una toma fantástica de esta hermosa especie, se ven los detalles de la misma con gran claridad, saludos.

Hi Roberto

Good shot of this woodpecker, great colours.
Good sharpness and composition.


hello Roberto
great picture
good colors and sharpness
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-07 7:58]

Hello Roberto,
Very beautiful photo. The best photo of this woodpecker species I've ever seen. The details are wonderful and the colours are splendid. The branch is a pity, but that's nature. Great POV and composition.

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