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Torrent Tyrannulet

Torrent Tyrannulet
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Copyright: Luis Vargas (Chiza) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-23
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-29 11:27
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Points: 16
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Torrent Tyrannulet
From Wikipedia

Serpophaga cinerea

Torrent Tyrannulet

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Tyrannidae

Genus: Serpophaga

Species: S. cinerea

Binomial name
Serpophaga cinerea
(Tschudi, 1844)
The Torrent Tyrannulet, Serpophaga cinerea, is a small bird of the tyrant flycatcher family. It breeds from Costa Rica south to northern Bolivia and northwestern Venezuela.


Torrent Tyrranulet habitat at 2200 m in Costa RicaThe Torrent Tyrannulet is a bird of rocky mountain streams at elevations from 300 to 2200 m, although it is less common at the lower altitudes where the water currents are weaker. There is a nesting record from Costa Rica as low as 35 m, possibly as a result of displacement of birds by hydroelectric work higher up the Sarapiquí River.

Its substantial cup nest is built on a branch up to 4 m high over water, or on a rocky shore. It is lined with feathers and covered with moss on the outside, and the clutch is two unmarked pale buff or whitish eggs.

The adult Torrent Tyrannulet is 10-11.4 cm long and weighs 8g. The male is pale grey above, and greyish white below, becoming white on the throat and lower belly. The head above the level of the eye is black with a concealed white crown patch, and the wings and tail are blackish. There are two thin grey-white wing bars.

The female is similar, but the top of the head is greyer and the crown patch is smaller or absent. Young birds have a browner cap, a brownish tint to the upperparts and broader, yellower wing bars.

The Torrent Tyrannulet feeds on insects, caught in flight or picked off bankside vegetation or rocks. It has a direct dipper-like flight low over water, and frequently pumps its tail as it perches on a rock in the stream. Its call is a sharp penetrating chip, readily audible over the noise of the rushing water, and the song is a slower repetition of the call or a seek followed by a trilled ti,ti,ti,ti,ti,ti,.

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Olá Luis,

Fantastica captura.
Lindas cores com excelente definição.
Luz e composição espectaculares.
Gostei das notas.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-29 11:44]

Hi Luis. This a fine clear close up of the cute little bird. You have captured it with fine detail and bright colours. It brown eye shows up so well. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5132 W: 166 N: 13116] (49117)
  • [2008-12-29 11:48]

Hello Luis,
Splendid photo of this Torrent Tyrannulet in its natural environment. Great clear colours, POV and pose. Good composition.

Hola Luis, no conozco en vivo ésta especie tan bonita que es Serpophaga cinerea, un lujazo!
Gracias por compartir ésta interesante especie.
Saludos cordiales.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-29 18:09]

hi luis,
pretty little bird with fine colors to see. tfs.f

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-29 23:48]
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Hola amigo,
preciosa captura y fina iluminación...
estupenda nitidez,
saludos y Feliz 2009

Hola Luis, Muy buena toma de esta especie, muy nitida y oportuna, Gracias por compartir y Saludos a Costa Rica!!


hello Luis

beautiful bird on a beautiful picture

very sharp with good colours
i like the foto

greeting lou

Happy new year

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