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Cuban Bullfinch

Cuban Bullfinch
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 600 mm f/4 II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-20 19:20
Viewed: 2841
Points: 4
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From my vacation to Cuba.

Cuban Bullfinch
Despite its name, this species is not a strict Cuban endemic being also found on the island of Grand Cayman, with a single vagrant record from Little Cayman. Cuban Bullfinch is the sole member of the genus Melopyrrha. In Cuba, where the species also occurs on several offshore cays and the Isle of Youth, it is reasonably widespread and numerous, but on Grand Cayman the Cuban Bullfinch, or Black Sparrow as it is also known, is only locally common. The Cuban Bullfinch prefers thickets and forested areas, and is found to moderate elevations, but is probably commonest at sea level and lower altitudes. Males are largely black with a heavy bill and a white wing patch, obvious both at rest and in flight, whilst females and immatures are duller, more charcoal (less shiny) black and possess a smaller white wing patch. Two subspecies are recognised, with that on Grand Cayman being characterized by its slightly larger bill size and the obviously paler olive-gray plumage of females. Cuban Bullfinches, which often forage in small groups, feed on fruit, seeds, and insects, and on Cuba the breeding season lasts from March to August, but it perhaps commences earlier on Grand Cayman. The species constructs a large globular nest, and lays three to five eggs.

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-12-21 8:57]

Hi Peter,
This is a good shot of the bird. Good pose and composition. He is center piece of the picture. TFS

Hi Peter. Perfect shot of this guy. Nice to see the detail and colour tones. Very nice. TFS Trevor

Hi Peter
I think you captured every bit of detail this little guy have to offer. He cooperated very well sitting out on that lone branch allowing you to create a great composition. A beautiful image, TFS Colin

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