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Male Pyrrhyloxia

Male Pyrrhyloxia
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-24
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-25 10:27
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Points: 22
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Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus

I have been trying to get a decent shot of this elusive bird for several years. Finally!! His colors are so bright that they need to be toned down.

The Pyrrhuloxia is a crested cardinal-like bird that is a year-round resident in southeast Arizona. A seed-eater, it feeds mainly on weedy plants and grasses supplemented by grasshoppers, caterpillars and weevils. It benefits Arizona's cotton fields by eating large numbers of cotton worms and weevils. It also favors mesquite thickets and is able to crack the tough mesquite seed pods with its powerful beak.

The upper parts of the bird's body are grayish brown with a dark ring around the beak. The breast patch on the underside is a rosy red. Its bill is somewhat like a parrot's and is yellow or orange. The female is similarly colored but paler and she lacks the red breast patch. Pyrrhuloxia nests in thorny trees or shrubs in lower elevations from Arizona to West Texas. It also may be found in northern Mexico and Baja California. The name of this bird comes from Greek and Latin and means "bullfinch with a crooked bill." It would be nice if it were easier to spell. It is sometimes called a gray cardinal but that hardly does justice to this attractive bird.

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Hello Jane,
Congratulations that you finally get a decent of this beautiful bird. Well composed picture. Colors are vivid. Also thanks for your informative note.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-25 12:17]
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Hello Jane,
You must be very proud to finally have found this beautiful bird! You've caught him in a very nice pose on the branch and details are excellent. Only I find the colours are not natural. Looking at other shots on the net this one seems to be over saturated. It would be interesting to know what PP you've done to this.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Jane,
I love the color and the mood that picture represents , looks like its very happy to pose for you. The picture is excellent

Hi Jane,
Seen this bird for the first time. It is really an extraordinary bird native to America.
I like its uniquely colorful plumage.
Well done and TFS.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-25 13:43]

Hi Jane, another fantastic capture, I really like this particular species, they are so friendly and not very shy, I like how the collors green, red, and blu mix together..well done..

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-25 22:18]

Hi Jane.- Nice photo, grate colors and lovly sky. Nice pose too. Congratulations Luis52.

I have yet to see this variety of Cardinal, I envy you the shot.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-25 22:27]

Hello Jane

Wow quite the majestic pose.I like how you captured it at the top of the tree like that,against a beautiful blue sky.Wonderful colour saturation.TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-26 11:50]

Hi Jane.
What a nice and funny a bit bird you have pictured. I like wonderful rich colours of the picture, excellent vertical cropping and sharpness of the shot. I also like a very interesting note. TFS and best regards.

Hello Jane,

Wow, I have never seen this species before! Super vivid colours, and a great POV showing off some nice detail in his feathers! Very well composed, congratulations for capturing him! Take care, and Happy Friday!


Hello Jane,
What a beautiful specie that I have never seen before! Its color is amazing and it is hard to imagine that you had to toned down those colors... You must be proud to have finally captured it. I had a look at the TNís gallery and did see another of this one except some males and those pictures are from you. This must be exciting! Thanks,

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