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Long-wattled Umbrellabird

Long-wattled Umbrellabird
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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: 2014-10-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-27 7:54
Viewed: 2490
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the strangest birds I’ve ever seen.
A new species for Treknature.

The Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger) is a bird belonging to the family Cotingidae.

This species can be found in a relatively narrow belt along the Pacific slopes of the Chocó of western Colombia and Ecuador.

The Long-wattled Umbrellabird lives in the canopies of tall trees in wet and humid forests at an elevation of 80–1,800 metres above sea level.
It is sensitive to habitat destruction, and its large size make it easy to hunt. Furthermore, only a few of the populations live within protected areas, so the bird is now considered vulnerable.

The Long-wattled Umbrellabird is a large black bird with a body length reaching 51 centimeters in the males. Females are only about half the size of the males. In the males the head of these birds shows an impressive overhanging crest, extending over the bill, composed by hair-like feathers.
The bird's common name comes from the a long, inflatable wattle hanging from central chest of the male, which is up to 35 cm long and covered in short, scaly feathers. This wattle may be inflated during the elaborate courtship. In the females, by contrast, the wattle and the crest are reduced.
These birds are usually silent, but in breeding season, the males shout a loud call.
The nest of this bird was first seen by scientists in 2003. Building the nest and brooding the chicks is in the sole responsibility of the female.
The diet of the Long-wattled Umbrellabird is composed of insects, lizards and fruit, especially palm-nuts.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-11-27 10:03]

Hallo Peter,
A very interesting bird ..
Lovely capture with a very good focus, sharpness, colors, details and composition.
Best wishes,

hallo Peter
super goed om deze te plaatsen
pracht vogel met die vreemde verenpracht
prachtige kleuren en super goed van scherpte
bedankt weer
gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-11-27 12:07]

Hi Peter,another incredible specie,what a design,especially of the head,and your perfect capture is the best way to show us this beauty,great details and perfect exposure of the dark plumage.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic bird in nice pose, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Peter, Hello!!!
A lovely presentation.
A tropical bird; yet, you say GERMANY on thumbnail I.D. re: location.
A1 notes.
A sharp and detailed composition.
Greetings from Mario.

Hello Peter - Thank you very much for a NEW BIRD, again here in TN. Really amazing species...Well captured in its natural habitat. Well sharpness with catching light on its eye. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE- Srikumar

Hello Peter,
As always amaze us with one new species, unprecedented. A very interesting bird species. It has an unusual shape.

Hi Peter!
Congrats for introducing another amazing bird to TN gallery. Very good use of camera's flash to highlight this bird effectively. Very good sharpness and details.Thanks for sharing this marvelous shot,
Best Regards,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-11-29 2:47]

Very strange! Most interesting. Exellent capture!

TFS, and Have a pleasant weekend, Peter,


Ciao Peter. Sharp and details perfect MF! Good contrast.


Hello Peter

And again a new bird species in TN by you, really strange bird,
beautiful eye-contact with you, you managed superbly your camera
to obtain details of its dark coloured plumage, TFS


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