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Lesser Bornean Crested Fireback

Lesser Bornean Crested Fireback
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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
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-07 7:41
Viewed: 5018
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,

This is the Lesser Bornean Crested Fireback, Lophura ignita ignita, a NEW BIRD ON TN.
Maybe not a perfect photo, but a new species is welcome, I think. The photo is from last year when I was in Weltvogelpark Walsrode in Germany.

The Crested Fireback, Lophura ignita, is a medium-sized, up to 70 cm long, forest pheasant with a peacock-like dark crest, bluish black plumage, reddish brown rump, black outer tail feathers, red iris and bare blue facial skin. The female is a brown bird with short crest, blue facial skin and spotted black-and-white below.

The Crested Fireback is found in lowland forests of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra. There are four subspecies of the Crested Fireback. Males of the subspecies from Borneo and Bangka Island, L. i ignita (Lesser Bornean Crested Fireback) and L. i. nobilis (Greater Bornean Crested Fireback), have brown central tail feathers, whitish legs and are rufous below. The male Vieillot's Crested Fireback, L. i. rufa, of the Thai-Malay Peninsula and most of Sumatra has white central tail feathers, red legs and bluish black streaked white below. The final subspecies, Delacour's Crested Fireback, L. i. macartneyi, is found in south-eastern Sumatra and the male has white to the tail, whitish legs and a variable amount of rufous below. The female of L. i ignita and L. i. nobilis have a dark, blackish tail and whitish legs, while female of L. i.a rufa has a chestnut brown tail and red legs.

The diet consists mainly of plants, fruits and small animals. The female usually lays between four to eight creamy white eggs.

Due to ongoing habitat loss and overhunting in some areas, the Crested Fireback is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix III of CITES in Malaysia.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Peter,
A very interesting bird. Exceptionally intense colors of the bird. Big contrast between the tiny head and the rest of the body.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-07 8:02]

Wonderful species of bird with excellent colors and good pose, good image. tfs.

Hello Peter,
Very nice captured of this bird, I have seen this one in South Thailand before, but at the time I didn't poses the camera, very good sharpness details, lovely natural colours and great eye-contact,
Thanks for sharing, have a nice evening and congratulations for first on TN!
Best Regards,

Ciao Peter. Amazing colours and playing of light for the interesting specie.


Hi Peter,
Good detail and great POV. Nicely exposed. Well composed. Stunning colours & good notes.
Well captured,

Hi Peter,
very good sharpness and point of view. Many details. Great composition. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-07 8:52]

Hi Peter,magnificent beauty from the birds park and extraordinary capture of details and colors,very nice position "walking" too..Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hi Peter,
great colours. Perfect point of view. Really nice photo of this bird. Many details because of this excellent sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter,
Exceptional photo with such good details, perfect focus and sharpness.
The vivid colours are superb and the composition is great.
Very interesting bird.

A splendid bird, the colour combinations are fantastic; good detailed photo.regards yiannis

Hallo Peter,
a very beautiful portrait of this splendid exotic bird, good sharpness, fantastic colours and lighting, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

Ciao Peter, lovely bird with fantastic colors, nice pose, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-07 11:08]

Hello Peter.
Excellent close photo of this Crested Fireback,fine POV, DOF and framing, very good focus sharpness
and details of its beautiful plumage.Best regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-09-07 11:22]

Hi Peter,
Perfect photo of this interesting and beautiful colored bird.
Good composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Bonjour Peter,
Intéressante publication mais cette oiseau doit hélas vivre en captivité.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hallo Peter,

alweer een mooie foto van jou en nu een mooie kleurige fazant.good laag standpunt en scherpte.
Prachtige kleuren een mooie vogel dit en ook al uit walsrode, ik heb er nog niks van geplaatst van walsrode.

Hello Peter,
fine capture of this new species on TN with nice sharpness and a well chosen POV. I also like the good light and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-07 19:28]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on this new specimen. This is truly a beautiful bird with attractive markings and colors. Love the blue skin patch around the eyes as well as the little head tuft. Well done!!

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-07 22:31]

Bonjour Peter,
Très beau. Magnifique faisan que je ne connaissais pas.
Comme tous les faisans en général, les couleurs sont magnifiques.
Merci pour le partage.

Hi Peter, amazing Lesser Bornean Crested Fireback
TFS & best regards

Amazing bird Peter! The colours are fantastic.

Hello Peter,

This is a rare species I have never before seen, not even heard about!
A colourful fellow is well recorded, great details in the plume and colours are well reproduced...

Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-08 4:45]

Dear Peter,
For once we are neighbours! And obviously you present a picture of your favourite theme. Again from Walsrode and again some very special exotic bird. One I had never seen until now. You caught it in a very special pose in front of the little basin.
Thanks to present this novelty
kind regards

hallo Peter
deze is wel heel erg mooi
super mooie kleuren
hij staat er wel erg goed voor om hem goed te nemen
bedankt groetjes lou

Buen trabajo de esta bella especie que como bien nos dices ya está en la lista roja !
Gran documento para Tn.
Saludos Peter: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Peter, very nice capture of this fine species my friend, superb sharpness with fabulous colours, this image is on the money Peter, congratulations and well done,
Best regards,


Hi Peter,
Another fabulous and unusual bird. You must have something for birds with crazy blue on them. Fantastic looking bird despite the shadows. Those red feathers are wild. Well done.

magnific bird, excellent picture for the subject you presented, nice colors and details, very good perspective too, congratulations Peter!

have a good day,

ciao, tino

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-20 19:06]

Hello Peter,
lovely view with colors so well defined and posing by the bird so pleasant. The colors stand out besutifully on the green background. You have emphasised the details so excitingly. The blue face is so striking in giving an effective attraction.
Well presented view.


Hello Peter

WOW ! great close-up shot of this exotic bird,
with a very fine POV at its level, beautiful light,
great focus sharpness details of its beautiful plumage,



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