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Saffron Finch

Saffron Finch
Photo Information
Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-19 20:11
Viewed: 4040
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a male Saffron Finch, Sicalis flaveola, a tanager from South America common in both open and semi-open areas in lowlands outside the Amazon Basin. They have a wide distribution in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Argentina. It is also widespread in Venezuela where it is called "canario de tejado" or "roof canary". The male is bright yellow with an orange crown while the female is a duller version of the male.
They nest in cavities and make use of sites such as abandoned Red Ovenbird nests and house roofs. They have a pleasant but repetitious song which, combined with their appearance, has led to them being kept as caged birds in many areas. Males are territorial and polygamous, mating with two females during the nesting season, a trait that has led the species to be used for blood sporting, when two males are put the same cage in order to fight.
I was fortunate that the bird remained still for the slow shutter speed.
Taken at Cincinnati Zoological Gardens.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2009-04-19 21:20]

Hi Greg
Nice colours good composition and Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-04-19 23:06]

excellent bird image, fine colors and pose. tfs.

Hi Greg,

Nice pov and fine colours. I missed the red colours on his head a little.
I have been holding this birds indeed in birdcages in the early 80ties and had a lot of young each time four little ones.
They are very aggressiv to other yellow birds.

Very good bg and fine colours.


hello Greg

excellent close-up photo of this Finch, with fine POV & framing,
superb focus with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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