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Burnished-buff Tanager

Burnished-buff Tanager
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-13 22:44
Viewed: 3653
Points: 10
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Burnished-buff Tanager
Tangara cayana

The Burnished-buff Tanager (Tangara cayana), also known as the Rufous-crowned Tanager, is a common South American species of bird in the Thraupidae family.

It is found in the northern Guianas, most of Venezuela and east-central Colombia; also near the Amazon River outlet in Brazil, as well as most of the east of that country, Paraguay and northeast Argentina. It also occurs very locally in Bolivia and Peru. It can be seen in virtually any semi-open habitat with trees, including human-altered habitats such as gardens, plantations and parks.

There are several subspecies of the Burnished-buff Tanager, them falling into two main groups: The northern and western cayana group, and the southern and eastern flava group (the subspecies huberi from Marajó Island is intermediate between the two main groups). Males of the cayana group have an orange-rufous crown, black mask, and cream underparts distinctly tinged blue on the throat and chest. Males of the flava group have an orange-buff crown, and buff underparts with a black patch extending from the mask, over the throat and central chest, to the mid-belly. Males of both groups have turquoise wings and tail. Females are duller than the males, and have black restricted to a poorly demarcated "shadow" of a mask.
It is a generally common, and usually seen singly or in pairs. As all tanagers, it is a largely frugivorous species, being particularly fond of the fruits of the native Cecropia and Brazilian Pepper as well as that of introduced Magnoliaceae such as Michelia champaca.

This photo was taken at the Rainforest section of the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.


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Interesting capture of this bird with black wings.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Hi Manyee,

This is very strange bird. Never seen something like that before. Nice shot with great clarity. Nice space left on the left. Nice green BG. Very well done.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-14 3:45]

What a lovely capture!
Details and colors are great!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-14 12:44]

Hello Manyee,
Fantastic capture, beautiful colors and lovely light, excellent composition and pov, very good sharpness and depth of field, nice details and great pose.Best regards Siggi

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-14 17:15]
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Hi ManYee

It's lala time, but I quickly want to address this lovely posting of the Burnished-buff
Tanager. I first had to do some work which I brought home with me and now the
long hand of the clock is on the 12 and the short hand is right on 3 so I think it is
high time to finish off and go and seek the comfort of a Sealy-Posturepedic. Moby
is softly playing in the background and is setting the mood with a piece of music
that could well resemble the flight of a bird. I'm not going to try and explain that so
you will have to let your imagination paint the picture (chuckle).

This is a lovely posting of another TrekNature first and therefore it went straight to
my theme for "RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN". As I have said to you
before, your trips to the "Academy of Sciences" in San Francisco, and especially
the "Rainforest section" really rewarded you with a lot of wonderful material of which
many turned out the be TrekNature firsts. You reaped a wonderful "harvest" and this
site is al the richer for that. The colour combination of this bird is perhaps slightly
different than most of the other Tanagers which normally has very spectacular and
bright colours, but it is a rather interesting mixture. You have captured lovely details
of the back plumage and I like how the bird is looking over its shoulder to monitor
your actions.

Well done and TFS.

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