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Nanday Parakeet

Nanday Parakeet
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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: 2013-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-06-28 6:27
Viewed: 1845
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The first time I photographed this species outside a bird park in the wild.

The Nanday Parakeet (Nandayus nenday) also known as the Black-hooded Parakeet or Nanday Conure is a medium small mostly green neotropical parrot. The bird is native to South America from southeast Bolivia to southwest Brazil, central Paraguay and northern Argentina, from the region known as the Pantanal. Caged birds have been released in some areas and the birds have established self-sustaining populations in Los Angeles, California, and several areas of Florida (including St. Petersburg, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County).

The Nanday Parakeet (Nandayus nenday, Vieillot 1823) is a member of the monotypic genus nenday (Bonaparte 1854) one of the approx. 16 genera of neotropical parrots of tribe Arini which includes the conures and macaws. Collar (1997) maintains the classification.

The Nanday Parakeet is 3237 cm in length, weighs 140g, and is mostly green in color. Its most distinguishing characteristic, for which it is named, is its black facial mask and beak. It also shows black trailing flight feathers on its wings and has a long tail edged at the end in blue. The upper chest is bluish-green and the lower chest is a paler green. Feathers covering the thighs are red.

Food and feeding
The bird feeds on seeds, fruit, palm nuts, berries, flowers and buds. Feral birds will also come to bird feeders. Wild birds primarily use scrub forest and forest clearings around settlements. It frequents open savannah, pastures and stockyards in South America where it is considered a pest in some areas.

Nanday Parakeets usually find holes in trees to nest in. It lays 3-4 eggs. After raising its young, all birds will form rather large communal roosts until the next breeding season.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter-What a beautiful bird with precise and useful NOTE.Nice to see your first time captured this Black-hooded parakeet.Excellent depth and details.Top to bottom well sharpen.Touch of white on beak made it attractive.Even wood looks splendid and natural.Attractive red legs.Well managed BG.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

Hi Peter,

A superb photo of the parakeet..The sharpness, the color, the details - all captured to perfection. The catch light on the eye, the glistening beak, the natural surrounding & the smooth BG makes the picture a GEM..


Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic parakeet, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Bonsoir Peter,
Une belle lumire qui fait resplendir de splendides couleurs et une excellente profondeur de champ rvlant la finesse des dtails.
A bientt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-06-28 15:24]

Hi Peter,in a wild world is another thing...ehhee...great capture of this parakeet,absolutely fantastic this bright metallic green and the detail too are over the top,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

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hallo peter
Dit is ook weer een mooie parkiet staat er weer super scherp op
en die kleuren ,zijn ook weer prachtig
bedankt gr lou

wow ow owwow!

Peter, i just realised i should visit your gallery more. It is incredibly fantastic for a birder like me. Especially seeing species which are quiet rare are all in your gallery. I couldn't able to write to your all photos but i select this last one to tell my thoughts.

All are amazing and pls keep posting more.

ps. Which country you have been to was the best to your memories? :)


Hello Peter
A great shot of pretty Nanday Parakeet, with great sharpness and exposure. Superb colors and composition. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Best wishes from Turkiye

Hi Peter,
a wonderful, clear and sharp portrait of this beautiful parakeet looking at you!
have a nice day


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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-06-30 11:37]

Perfecta captura de este Nandayus nenday, gran nitidez de foco, equilibrada exposicin, y maravillosa composicin con esta hermosa rama que parece hecha de roca...

Felicitaciones, Peter!

Hernn Bortondello

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-07-03 9:57]

Hola Peter, esta es la mejor foto que he visto de esta bella especie...awesome...me encanta la composicin, el entorno, color, luz, fondo; en fin, para mi una foto perfecta...saludos.

Ciao Peter. Excellent details and DIF indeed. Brilliant cololurs. Greta compo too.


Love these conures! A really nice capture Peter. I need to spend a little bit more time in Brazil compared to last time. It has many wonderful animals I would like to photograph. Well done. :)

amazinbg portrait, greetings Ori

Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of this species of Parakeet,
with fine POV, DOF, and framing, great focus,
sharpness, details, and contrast, and I love to
see that tree bark in front of the bird because
it is part of its environment, TFS


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