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Black-chinned Sparrow.

Black-chinned  Sparrow.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-04 12:36
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Black-chinned Sparrow, (Spizella atrogularis)

Distribution of the Black-chinned Sparrow.
The Black-chinned Sparrow is an inconspicuous but locally common songbird of arid brushlands throughout the southwestern United States and south-central Mexico. In summer it favors rocky slopes of mixed chaparral or sagebrush from near sea level to almost 2,500 m. A partial migrant, in winter it generally moves downslope or south into desert scrub and dry wash. The retiring habits and remote haunts of this species render it one of the least-known songbirds of its region; little is known of its behavior, food, enemies, and most aspects of its breeding biology. Thus, this life history draws heavily from the anecdotal accounts and collected specimens of early-twentieth-century ornithologists.

In this species, the most strongly sexually dimorphic Spizella, the male’s black chin patch, throat, and lores highlight a gray torso saddled with reddish brown back and wings. Always unassuming, both sexes are best located by voice: the male by its distinctive song, a pure-toned, accelerating trill nearly always delivered from a prominent perch; the female by its strident chipping near nest or young. Individuals seldom stray far from the protective cover of shrubbery, foraging in low brush for seeds and insects and flying through alleyways or low over bushtops.

Although regular and abundant on chaparral slopes fringing the Los Angeles Basin, where it is sometimes the most common species, its occurrence elsewhere can be irregular and unpredictable. Concurrent with documented declines in southern California is a possible post-1950 range extension north from central California to southern Oregon.

Four subspecies, based on variation in size and plumage coloration, are currently recognized. Subspecies character divergence is likely a response to differences in climate and migratory behavior across the range of this species.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-04 12:51]

Hola Primo,

This is a Sparrow I have never seen before! Easy to see how he got his name. The blacks, greys and browns are beautiful. Excellent details of the face with the wonderful eye and beak, the chin, the wings and the plummage. As always, a fine pose and a superb composition.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-04 13:38]

Hi Luis

This picture is beautiful - pose, detail - everything.



Hola Luis,
Couldn't follow your posts during the last week or two my friend, I was out of reach of internet in an isolated place.
Again, you present us a splendid bird specimen in a fine close-up expertly focused and exposed from a nice lateral viewpoint which shows the pattern and colouration characteristics of the species perfectly. That tilt of the head is an universal peculiarity of sparrows, I think. Thank you indeed amigo, for sharing this fine composition with us.

Stupendo ritratto, eccellenti POV e DOF, splendida composizione per la bellissima posa e le cannucce dorate, ottima nitidezza, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Olá Luis,

Mais um excelente trabalho.Lindas cores, fantástica definição e fabuloso enquadramento.

Hola Luis,
I see that coloration style similar and I like these tones, you used. great sharp details and plumages can be numbered. Great POV and composition. thanks for sharing, best wishes


Awesome shot my Friend. I love the dried grass that is in front of the bird. It adds a nice touch to the shot. You've maintained your high standard here as well. Great sharpness, excellent detail, great pose and beautiful composition. TFS.

Best Regards,


Top Drawer
On the wall...
or at least on someones favorites list...as this is one of your best images of aviary which I have seen...Just perfect...I think it needs no more words except congratulations!

hello Luis

all your bird photos are great shots, but this one for me it is
the most beautiful image of all your bird beautiful photos,
the bird himself is beautiful, i love that pose that it counts
alot on this image's greatness, very fine POV, DOF and framing,
lovely softness of the luminosity and colours of the image,
excellent sharpness & details and a wonderful catch-light
at the eye that it counts too alot on this images greatness,

TFS alot for this wonderful bird image


Very cute bird, Luis!Wellseen, framed and captured!

Hey Luis,
great shot of this nice little bird.

Luis, te comento poco ya que últimamente casi no paro. Esta foto es de exposición, al menos para que la pueda admirar mucha gente. Las ramitas que envuelven la foto son un toque genial para esa bella ave y su excelente pose. Un 9,5 jejeje ya entiendes, las ramitas de la izquierda y que además no se puede hacer nada.
Un abrazo: José Ignacio.

Hello Luis, What a cute and lovely looking of this bird:) I love this one. Your capture is excelent my friend in all aspects. TFS. Cheers,


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-05 1:42]

What a fantastic capture, Luis!!!
This bird is beautiful!
Great parallel POV and a decent diagonal composition.
Lovely lighting and colours.
Excellent DOF.



Hallo Luis
This is a splendid capture of the Black-chinned Sparrow in a fine pose. The tiny catch light in the eye and the way its head is tilted slightly sideways makes this photo more special. Lovely details on the plumage. I especially like the spiky feathers of the tailpiece. The bird looks very much at ease and has a natural look. Good focus and sharp details. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-05 2:54]

Hola amigo,
bonito trabajo y elegante pajarito,
nitidez y colores hermosos...
otro fabuloso cuadro para tu galería,
saludos para la familia.

Hello Luis,

Only marking today, no time.

Beautiful image once again Jose, lovely pose.
I've never noticed the Black-chinned here before..
Very good color, detail, DOF, exposure, and POV.
Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-05 7:49]

Hello Luis,
Outstanding capture of this very beautiful Sparrow in a perfect pose. Beautiful light and colours and excellent sharp details of the plumage that stand out against the very fine grey background. Well done!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-05 10:40]

Hello Luis,
What an excellent and beautiful photo. The soft colours are amazing. Very sharp and great details. The almost horizontal lines in the POV and the diagonal composition are fantastic.

I love this pose. He appears to be thinking, not even aware of you, or if he is, you matter nothing to him. DOF is wonderful since it really brings out the sparrow. I also like the POV because I feel as if I'm looking up to see him, not down. There's a certain softness in this one, not in the background, but in the feathers. I mean, the clarity is sharp, but there's a hint of something else here, something I can't quite define that has me puzzled - in a positive way.

The lighting is subdued and I think that adds an air of curosity, plus the sun is just right, adding illumination to highlight his face. This is one of my favorites of yours...

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-05 12:13]

Hi Luis. What a cute looking little bird which you have captured with good detail and colours. a nicee POV/DOF.with very sharp focusing. well done TFS. good notes too.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-06 0:40]

Hi Luis,
Sparrows are one of my very favourite birds. And this one looks so special in your very fine capture.There is a certain elegance that you managed to create with that thoughtful pose.The details on the plumage and the colours of brown and black on its body has been enhanced by your presentation in well saturated colours and right contrasts.

The shot is tack sharp with excellent DoF.I love the way tree branches are partly visible in the almost muted BG.The reeds around the bird present a good sense of its natural habitat.A wonderful compositon that i would love to add to my favourites.
TFS & Cheers

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-06 6:14]

Hola Luis
Preciosa imagen la de este curioso gorrioncillo de cabeza negra. Me encanta con esa colita tan larga. Excelente enfoque que muestra todos los detalles del plumaje, y una preciosa composición.
Felicidades y un gran saludo.

P :)

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-06-06 10:28]

Ola Silvio,
This is a very nice bird, you captured it very well
the spark in his eye is great, very nice color and sharpness
.. Well done


I've never seen one of these. What a lovely little bird. Perfect focus and great composition.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-09 3:21]

So this is a Black-chinned Sparrow - he does look a little similar to the sparrows here, but the black head and chin is most unusual.
Good shot Luis, he shows up very clearly on the branch,
Well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-09 10:50]

Hello Luis

Excellent illumination.The details are amazing.
Super plumage detail.The catch light is wonderful.
Beautifully composed in the frame.


Hello Luis,
Missed this one...
Very beautiful lighting and OOF BG. Furthermore a wonderful model you captured here.

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