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Collared Redstart

Collared Redstart
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Copyright: Luis Vargas (Chiza) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-23
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-11 15:50
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Collared Redstart
From Wikipedia
Myioborus torquatus

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Parulidae

Genus: Myioborus

Species: M. torquatus

Binomial name
Myioborus torquatus
(Baird, 1865)
The Collared Redstart, Myioborus torquatus, is a tropical New World warbler endemic to the mountains of Costa Rica and western Panama. Like other members of Myioborus, it is often called "whitestart" rather than "redstart".

The Collared Redstart is common at heights between 1,500 m and the timberline in mossy mountain forests, ravines, second growth, and adjacent pastures.

The roofed nest has a round side entrance and is built on the ground or a steep bank, hidden amongst rocks, tufts of grass or under a fallen log. It is constructed from strips of bark, plant fibres, leaves, and grass. From March to May, the female will lay 2 or 3 white or cream eggs that are speckled with fine brown spots. Incubation lasts about two weeks, but other nesting details are largely unknown.

The Collared Redstart is 12.5 cm in length and weighs 11 g. It has a chestnut crown bordered with black, and a black forehead. The rest of the upperparts are slaty black, and the tail is black with white edges. The face and underparts are bright yellow, with a black band across the breast.

The sexes are similar, but young birds are duller, with a browner back, weakly yellow underparts, and the head entirely slate-coloured, with no yellow on the face or rufous on the crown. The call is a sharp pit, and the song is a mixture of slurred whistles, warbles and trills.

The Collared Redstart feeds on insects, frequently fanning its striking tail as it pursues its prey. It will join mixed feeding flocks, and will follow cattle and occasionally humans for the insects they flush.

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hii luis,
That is a beautiful bird u have there as a subject.However,I would have preferred to see the bird centered in ur snap.Moreover,the subject lacks sharpness but the capture of colours are quite attractive.The light reflected on the leaf diverts the attention from the bird and also there is some noise in the background.Cropping the image from the left a little bit would solve the issue.All in all a nice try.

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