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Black-fronted Nunbird

Black-fronted Nunbird
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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: 2013-09-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-15 8:00
Viewed: 1885
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another NEW BIRD FOR TN: The Black-fronted Nunbird.

The Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons) is a species of bird in the Bucconidae family, the puffbirds.
It is found in Amazonian Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru; also regions of eastern and southeastern Brazil. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, and heavily degraded former forest.

The Black-fronted Nunbird is a striking bird, black body with bright red-orange bill. It is found in small gregarious groups in lower to mid-level forests.

Range in South America and Amazon Basin
The Black-fronted Nunbird is mostly found in the Amazon Basin south of the Amazon River; however it does occur in two river regions north, the first in the east between the confluence with the Xingu River westwards to the Tapajós River. The second region is at the confluence of the Rio Negro and upstream on the Amazon.
The species range expands eastward and southward beyond the Tocantins, of the Araguaia-Tocantins River system towards the region of the Cerrado of east-central Brazil; it is also in the Pantanal, but not the very southern portion.
The southwest and western regions of Black-fronted Nunbird's range occurs in Amazonian Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and southern Colombia, with the Amazonian Colombian region being the southwest portion of the entire northwestern Amazon region. The species' range is mostly contiguous; there are two localized populations in eastern coastal Brazil, the northern population in Alagoas state, and the southern locale in Rio de Janeiro state.

Habitat and behavior
It occurs in groups of up to 4 – 6 individuals that perch upright, often in the open on horizontal branches or lianas. They rest quietly, then sally to foliage or branches (occasionally to the ground) after insect prey. Flight is slow, a few shallow flaps and a glide. Other species are regularly with them. Foraging Black-fronted Nunbirds are usually quiet, giving only an occasional soft or querulous note, but then they may abruptly break into a rollicking, gabbling chorus that can continue for several minutes, most often given by two birds (a pair?) that perch side by side.

Sources: 'Wikipedia' and the book: Birds of Brazil, The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil by John A. Gwynne, Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor and Martha Argel.

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hallo Peter
Weer een super foto voor TN
en super goed moment met de insect in de snavel
leuk zo op de tak en prachtige kleuren
bedankt gr lou

Very sharp, "ready for supper" shot, Peter!
I love the PP work you've done, you need to tell me what you do!!
THanks for the share, my friend!!

Hello Mr.Peter,
Congratulation for your continuation of adding new species.We,most of the TN members are continuing the same bird or same butterfly or same dragonfly!Actually most of the member don't get much time to go outside of the everyday routine and if go new species can't come infront of us.You are lucky to find out such beautiful species.Well presentation.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

What a name for this black bird, neighbour Peter!
Superb capture of it with an insect in its beak.
This is truly an exotic species from Brazil and thanks for widening our horizons.

hallo Peter
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
這也是新的品種 很驚嘆它的顏色鮮豔華麗
照像的角度很達練 使鳥更顯得端莊高貴 真是漂亮
光線亮麗 很有質感
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hi Peter, Nice captured moment. Great clarity despite its black plumage. I guess one spider would not enough for one meal, Nice POV along with nice DOF. Best regards

Bonsoir Peter,
Il me semble qu'il y a un petit peu de "bruit", visible surtout sur le corps du sujet mais la publication n'en n'est pas moins remarquable ne serait-ce que par la trčs belle attitude de l'oiseau.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-03-15 11:58]

Perfect portrait of this Monasa nigrifrons with the handicap of carrying an insect in its beak as part of their diet. Great eye contact, interesting environment created by the divergent branches of the shrub on which it is perched. very good blur of background and proper exposure. Thanks for your input, Peter.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-15 12:35]

Hi Peter,another new specie in you bird gallery of wonders,excellent exposure and good colors,the plumage seems a bit oversharpened and noised,but it's a very good pic.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird and its prey, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
Nice bird and well taken from best PoV.

Hello Peter,
Superb timing with an insect in its beak.


Ciao Peter. Colours and details very good. Bit oversharpened.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-03-17 0:29]

Hi Peter,

You brought back so many jewels from Brazil! THis one is one of the best. Great pic; interesting note.



Hello Peter,
A excellent close up of this beautiful bird.
Great timing and composition.Beautiful natural color and details.
Thank you for sharing.

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well. This is indeed a new bird for me, even the name itself.You have captured it with such a posture that we do not miss any part of its dusky plumage, the red of beak downwards to its very tail.Plumage-wise it has nothing special to offer because of its black colour and nothing was missed in the shot as well. Yes, you have done a wonderful work by correcting it through a software, means a lot to others as regards your valuable tips.
Thanks a lot for sharing a new species, take care,

warm regards/Abid

Hello Peter.
Another lovely shot.
Good detail and colour.
Thanks for this well composed shot.
Best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-03-18 11:23]

Hi Peter,
Another perfect sharpness details,nice natural colours
and very good composition.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter

Once again congratulation for a new bird on TN fro your gallery,
excellent timing to capture this photo because the insect
on the bird's beak and with his his eye-contact on you
it is part of the excellence and beauty of the photo, TFS


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