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Black-fronted Nunbird

Black-fronted Nunbird
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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: 2013-09-17
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: 2015-08-10 10:40
Viewed: 2407
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons) is a species of bird in the Bucconidae family, the puffbirds.

It is found in Amazonian Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru; also regions of eastern and southeastern Brazil. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, and heavily degraded former forest.

The Black-fronted Nunbird is a striking bird, black body with bright red-orange bill. It is found in small gregarious groups in lower to mid-level forests.

Range in South America and Amazon Basin
The Black-fronted Nunbird is mostly found in the Amazon Basin south of the Amazon River; however it does occur in two river regions north, the first in the east between the confluence with the Xingu River westwards to the Tapajós River. The second region is at the confluence of the Rio Negro and upstream on the Amazon.
The species range expands eastward and southward beyond the Tocantins, of the Araguaia-Tocantins River system towards the region of the Cerrado of east-central Brazil; it is also in the Pantanal, but not the very southern portion.
The southwest and western regions of Black-fronted Nunbird's range occurs in Amazonian Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and southern Colombia, with the Amazonian Colombian region being the southwest portion of the entire northwestern Amazon region. The species' range is mostly contiguous; there are two localized populations in eastern coastal Brazil, the northern population in Alagoas state, and the southern locale in Rio de Janeiro state.

Habitat and behavior
It occurs in groups of up to 4 – 6 individuals that perch upright, often in the open on horizontal branches or lianas. They rest quietly, then sally to foliage or branches (occasionally to the ground) after insect prey. Flight is slow, a few shallow flaps and a glide. Other species are regularly with them. Foraging Black-fronted Nunbirds are usually quiet, giving only an occasional soft or querulous note, but then they may abruptly break into a rollicking, gabbling chorus that can continue for several minutes, most often given by two birds (a pair?) that perch side by side.

Sources: Wikipedia and the book: Birds of Brazil, The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil by John A. Gwynne, Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor and Martha Argel.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-10 10:57]

Hello Peter,
Lovely bird which I have not seen before. Lovely colors - love the red beak - fine details and a lovely pose.Regards Sigi

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, lovely composition with beautiful diagonal, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
This is a very nice image with exceptional quality. The shape of this birds are almost like the European Magpie, but the colors are not the same.....Thanks for sharing this photo and for visiting my gallery. I appreciated very much.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-10 19:42]

Hello Peter,
Birds with black plumages are always a challenge when trying to show detail, but you did a great job on this specimen. Tac sharp focus and just the right amount of exposure. A new bird for me and quite attractive with it's dark colors and bright red-orange bill. The vertical composition works out great for this particular pose and body shape. Excellent eye contact with a tad bit of catchlight. Great work!!

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-08-11 0:00]

hi Peter,
a stunner here, caught in an effective pose .. like eye contact and fine detail from feather; .. well taken mate

nuri :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-11 5:10]

Hi Peter,it's qalways difficult to wrk with black plumage,but not for your as i can see,the pic is absolutely perfect and the specie too is truly beautiful and not often seen on TN,great sharpness as usual.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Beautiful bird.....I like its simple but very attractive composition. Very well light and good details. Well managed BG too.
Thanks for sharing,

Thanks, Peter, for sharing this bird, which I understand no records existed in TN. I am South American but did not know, so doubly grateful. A big hug and congratulations for this contribution and for perfectly solve photograph of a black bird in the sun; for me it is a great technical challenge for exposure and color to be concerned.

Hernán Bortondello

Hello Peter

WOW ! what a lovely eye-contact from this bird, in a beautiful lateral light,
great focus, sharpness, and details of its dark plumage, TFS


hallo Peter
super mooie vogel zo in het zommetje
prachtig die rode snavel
kleuren en scherpte zijn weer OK
gr lou

The harsh light and dark plumage would have been a challenge. The sharpness, nice blurred background, eye catch and the bright bill make up for an excellent photo. The simplicity and shape of the branch is perfect.
Alos nice to see a bit of space around the bird.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-08-16 1:15]

Hi Peter,
Really beautiful and excellent photo of this bird.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2015-08-22 13:56]

Hola Peter, hermosa foto de esta Monasa, me gusta el color, pose, percha y entorno...saludos.

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