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Stripe-headed Sparrow

Stripe-headed Sparrow
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-03-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-08 13:34
Viewed: 2787
Points: 16
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From my recent vacation in Costa Rica

The Stripe-headed Sparrow (Peucaea ruficauda) is an American sparrow which breeds from Pacific coastal southwestern Mexico, including the transverse ranges, Cordillera Neovolcanica to pacific coastal northern Costa Rica.

This common bird is found in lowlands up to 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) altitude in the north of its range, and 800 metres (2,600 ft) in Costa Rica. Its habitat is brushy savanna, scrubby second growth and woodland edges, but it avoids the forest interior.

The Stripe-headed Sparrow is a large, long-tailed species, 15.5–18 cm long and weighing up to 35 g. The adult has a black head with broad white stripes on the crown and above each eye. The nape is narrowly grey and the rest of the upperparts are pale brown, streaked with black on the back, but unstreaked and more buff on the rump and tail. The shoulders are rufous and the wing feathers have buff edging. The throat and underparts are white, becoming buff on the flanks and with a grey breast.

The Stripe-headed Sparrow feeds on the ground mainly on grass seeds, but also takes some small insects and spiders. It is usually in family groups or small flocks of up to seven birds. The flight is low and fluttery, with the tail held low.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-04-08 18:54]

Hola Mario, que belleza de foto de este "Ratoncillo" como lo llamamos localmente, excelente nitidez, luz, color, fondo y el contacto con el ojo. Se aprecia perfectamente todos los detalles de la especie y me gusta su plumaje humedo...saludos.

Hello Mario.
Fascinating details with excellent perch of this great shot.
Thanks and kind regards.

鳥很可愛 尤其羽毛顏色照的很清楚

Hello Mario
Wonderful species and great capture.Perfect POV and composition,wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.Bom dia Silvio
Fantastic capture mt Friend.Wonderful bright colours,excellent compo and sharpness.Thank You
Have a good day!
Best regards

Excellent capture with fine details and nice colors


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-09 12:51]

Hi Mario, It is the perfect photo beautiful bird.
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Bonjour Mario,
Un bon angle de prise de vue, une bonne profondeur de champ et surtout une très belle lumière qui fait resplendir de splendides couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Mario,
Excellent photograph of The Stripe-headed Sparrow, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, outstanding background and excellent lighting.

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