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Red-billed Scythebill

Red-billed Scythebill
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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: 2013-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-06-21 5:56
Viewed: 1482
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another NEW SPECIES FOR TN: The Red-billed Scythebill.

The Red-billed Scythebill (Campylorhamphus trochilirostris) is a species of bird in the Dendrocolaptinae subfamily.

The Red-billed Scythebill is a fairly large species of woodcreeper. The total length of the species is 24–28 cm. As its name indicates, the bill is long, downcurved and reddish in coloration. The back is red-brown and the belly is lighter cinnamon-brown shade. The throat and head are covered in brown and white streaks.

This species picks insects and other invertebrates out of the trunks of trees and branches of trees. The Red-billed Scythebill is often a solitary bird when not mating but often joins mixed-species flocks. 2 to 3 eggs are laid in an abandoned woodpecker hole or other tree cavity. Both parents participate in incubating eggs and feeding nestlings.

This species is one of the most widely distributed woodcreepers. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is mostly a montane bird and can be found up to elevations of 2,000 m.

Source: Wikipedia

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wonderful and beautiful bird. great clarity and nicly presented. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-06-21 6:10]

Hallo Peter,
Indeed, a different bird ..
Nice photo with good composition and good sharpness.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Peter,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle attitude sous un bon angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Peter-Again a new species here in TN through your lens.We are lucky to see your beautiful findings from all over the world.New species to me too.Well captured this attractive species.I like its bill.Precise and useful NOTE here.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-06-21 9:45]

Hello Peter, Congratulations on a new bird for TN!!
What an interesting and pretty bird this Red-billed Scythebill appears to be. It is always interesting to view birds such as this that look as though they were flying at a high rate of speed and suddenly ran into a brick wall, thus the unique curve in their bills:) This particular species has a very long curved bill which immediately captures your attention.
I really like it's rufous coloring along with the white specks seen in it's head and chest area, which resembles similar markings found on the Europen Starling. Great shot!!

Hi Peter,

A very different looking bill indeed..no wonder the name is Scythebill.. The photo itself has good clarity & very nicely managed light.. Thanks for presenting a new species to TN.

Not sure if you are visiting Brasil to cheer Netherlands in the world cup... But have a wonderful weekend.



Very nice composition well framed by the tree branches.

wow! it was enough for me but critique rules say that i should say more. what i can say for this amazing bird? WOW! ;)

great capture and shapness.....thanks for sharing in TN

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-06-24 8:41]

Waaw Peter,this is another fantastic capture from your trip! This specie is magnificent,its beak is very unique,a great quality to show us in the best way this spectacular bird,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,
Now that is an interesting looking bird. It looks as though the bill is adapted to reach into specially shaped flowers possibly to extract insects that are feeding on nectar. None the less it is a very nice portrait that shows the color and marking of this unique bird well. :)

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-06-24 10:50]

Hi Peter,
Very nice shot of a beautiful and interesting bird. Amazing colors,and perfect details.
Regards Jiri.

Great compo here. Perfect DOF. Well done MF Peter.


Hallo Peter
Congratulations on adding a new species to Trek Nature. It is also a first for me to see this bird and it is indeed a beauty. Very sharp detail and excellent colour. It is a gorgeous bird, and its rounded beak stands out quite prominently. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

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