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Madagascar Partridge

Madagascar Partridge
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-21 5:52
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Another photo from Weltvogelpark Walsrode and a NEW BIRD FOR TN, the Madagascar Partridge, margaroperdix madagascariensis. (Scopoli, 1786)

Length 24-26 cm
Adult: Sexes differ. Male slightly larger than female.
Male. Forehead and crown brown, slightly spotted with black and having a white median band. Black lores, white mustache and supercilia, black chin and throat, black bill. Dark brown iris. Upperparts: rufous-brown mantle with black and white flecks (rachis of feathers is white). Back and uppertail coverts brown with tan stripes. Underparts: side of neck and chest gray. Center of chest rufous. Black belly marked with large white ocelli. Flanks, thighs and undertail coverts rufous-brown flecked with white. Gray tarsi and toes. Wings same color as upperparts, except for brown primary remiges and black-barred brown secondary remiges. Short tail, same color as upperparts.
Female. Light brown head with small balck scales. Tan chin and throat. Balck bill, dark brown iris. Upperparts tan-brown streaked with black. Underparts tan with black stripes. Gray tarsi and toes. Wings same color as upperparts, except for light brown primary remiges. Tail same color as upperparts.
Juvenile. Differs from female by more subdued hue of plumage.

Terrestrial, distinguished from Common quail, Harlequin quail and Madagascar buttonquail by larger size. Male field marks are black-and-white mask, black throat, buff chest, and black belly ocellated with white. Female has much more subdued plumage: tan-brown with dark brown stripes. In flight shows short, round wings.

Secretive and rather shy, lives alone, in pairs, or in family groups. Feeds while walking about slowly. If startled draws itself up and runs swiftly or takes flight briefly. Flight is direct-swift, powerful wingbeats alternating with glides.

Fairly silent; sometimes utters muffled calls as well as rapid succession of trilled notes on taking flight.

Grassy, bushy, or cleared terrain, forest clearings and edges, dry fields. Observed at elevations from sea level to 2.700 m.

Chiefly seeds, also berries and insects.

Nest is simple hollow fashioned in ground where a tuft of grass or bush afford protection. Clutch numbers 14 – 20 rufous-brown eggs mottled with dark brown. Chicks are nidifugous. Nesting has been observed Mar.-June on High Plateau.

Endemic to Madagascar, introduced to Réunion in 18th century. Distributed throughout Madagascar, except for extreme s. Formerly common, especially on High Plateau, but has declined considerably to become uncommon in most of range, its numbers reduced by local hunting and trapping.

Source: Guide to the birds of Madagascar by Olivier Langrand.

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Ciao Peter, my today neighbour, splendid bird with fantastic colors, perfect focus, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Very interesting bird. Splendid capture with good colours,
excellent details and superb clarity.
Your note is very useful knowing about this interesting and amazing bird.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-21 6:25]

A colorful partridge, a treat to see this image. Excellent capture. tfs.

Another of your unique and strange at least for me birds my friend. Good day Peter, how are you? It is so interesting and satisfying when you present a new specie in TN between more than 208 000 entries! Bravo! Great point of view and composition!
George Veltchev

Hallo Peter,
a very beautiful portrait of this colourful bird, fine detail on the plumage and very beautiful natural colours, excellent POV and composition with a lovelypose of this exotic bird
Best regards

hallo Peter
En weer een nieuwe erbij ,gefeliciteerd
hij staat er goed op, met veel details en mooie kleuren
Leuke pose op de boomstronk ,doet het altijd goed op de foto
bedankt groetjes lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-21 8:00]

Hello Peter,
Though the brightness of the white details suggests a little too much sharpening, this is a fine capture of this endemic species. The POV is perfect and the composition and natural colours add to make this a fine portrait of the Madagascar Partridge.
Thanks and my best wishes to you for Christmas and a healthy, happy 2011, when you start your retirement (a very good time if one can keep healthy!),

Hello Peter.
What you have here is another amazing bird shot in your fine collection. Beautiful sharpness from well controlled lenswork. Nice perch looking at the camera.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

Hello Peter.
a nice picture of this small fat bird.
You did well despite the long shutter speed, any used of support?
It's well composed with nice natural colours.
Well done, mf.

Hi Peter.
Beautiful species and beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful colours.
My best wishes, Christodoulos.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-21 9:17]

Hi Peter,
excellent photo of this interesting, new species for TN, TFS!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-21 11:43]

Hello Peter.
A very handsome Madagascar Partridge.Stunning color contrasts.Great POV, sharp details and excellent light.The colors on this bird are really beautiful.Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
Nice and interesting capture with good details and colours. It is the first time when I see this bird.

Ciao Peter.
Non avevo mai visto un uccello così,molto bello con delle penne molto particolari belli i colori ottima la composizione molto buoma la nitidezza complimenti,
Ti auguro buone feste ciao Marco.

Hi Peter,
what a great photo of this bird. Amazing sharpness, colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-12-21 13:30]

Hi Peter,
A very different and beautiful bird,great capture with excellent colors,details and wonderful POV.
TFS and regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-21 13:39]

Hi Peter,a very nice specie whit beautiful colors of the plums,i like a lot the impressive sharpness of your pic,perfect to see the white lines,very well done,have a nice day,Luciano

hello Peter

congratulations for this new bird on TN,
excellent and beautiful bird of this
species of Partridge, fine POV and framing,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
beautiful eye-contact, TFS


Hello Peter,
Congratulations by your New Bird in TN!... Well done, nice shot!
Regards, TFS

Hello Peter!
Amazing Partridge, Madagascar Pertridge. Good note, interesting information.
Marvelous lightness and brightness, ideal colours.
Good work. Good note.
Well done!

Hallo Peter,

Dacht dat ik deze kwartel kende maar als dit een Madagascar is niet.
Sommigen lijken wel erg op elkaar.
Mooi gefotgrafeerd met een laag standpunt.
Prachtige natuurlijke kleuren.
Prettige feestdagen!


Beautiful bird, nice head-turn Peter.
Well done and a Merry Christmas to you!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-22 7:06]

Hello Peter,
A fine close capture of this Partridge showing details and colour very well. Probably not easy to capture this one in the wild!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Peter,
Beautiful photo with wonderful colours and interesting composition.

Hi Peter

Nice shot of this zoo bird, I wonder what it thinks of the European winter, lol :) Good composition and great colours.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year

Wow, nice picture! A first sighting for me of this beautiful bird. Nice and sharp with good colouring and detail in feathers. Nice glint in the eye as well.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-23 4:29]

Hello Peter,
such an amazing collection from you. The partridge is so well seen in excellent defined feathers. I have seen partridge and this one is so special.
A wonderful and pleasant presentation.


Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Peter!
This Patridge is amongst the most beautiful I have ever seen. The POV is super, showing the bird in its glory.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Peter
another new bird species from you, congratulations ! and what a beautiful one !
it's a great add in your superb galerie of colorful birds,
very nice pose and great sharpness as usual
Have a good night

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-23 15:56]

Hola Peter.
Felicidades por esta nueva adicion a TN.
Bella la foto, y muy interesante la nota escrita.
Feliz Navidad y prospero año nuevo mi amigo Peter.

A beautiful partridge, Peter!The pose and timing are perfect!
I like the perch (tree branch) too, which along with the BG create a lovely 3D like effect!
PS:Seasons Greetings to you and your family!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-24 1:33]

Hi Peter.
I am impressed with your series. Unfortunately I cannot follow you and your posts. Superbly composed shot with ultimate reflection of the bird's features. Well done and warm greetings and wishes with Holiday Season and coming New Year.
Yours Alexei.

Hello Peter ,
very beautiful imagine , details, pow and sharpness perfect, interesting subject. A nice picture. Regards, Paolo

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