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Golden-breasted Bunting

Golden-breasted Bunting
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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: 2017-11-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-11-17 6:15
Viewed: 1244
Points: 16
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A new bird species for Treknature.

The Golden-breasted Bunting ( Emberiza flaviventris ) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It occurs in dry open woodlands in Africa south of the Sahara , but is absent from the equatorial forest belt.
There are three subspecies:
• E. f. flaviventris , the nominate form, occurs from the Cape to southernmost Sudan .
• E. f. flavigaster occurs in a narrow belt across the southern edge of the Sahara, and its range is discontinuous with the other subspecies.
• E. f. princeps occurs in southern Angola and Namibia.

The Golden-breasted Bunting is 15-16 cm long. The adult male has striking head pattern with a white crown, black lateral crown stripes, white supercilium and black-bordered white ear coverts. The underparts are orange-yellow and are dark on the lower belly. The upperparts are chestnut with a gray rump. The browner wings have two conspicuous white wing bars. The sexes are very similar, but females may have a buff on the white head markings and browner head stripes, and the may be dark streaks. Young birds are duller and paler than the females.

E. f. princeps is similar to the nominate form, but larger, and paler below. E. f. flavigaster is more distinctive, having a paler, savior back, pale gray rump, paler yellow underparts and whiter flanks.
The golden-breasted bunting's call is a nasal ascending zzhrr . The song is variable, but includes a wechee weechee weechee.

This species is found in a variety of open woodlands.
The subspecies flavigaster favors acacia steppe and savannah, with the other subspecies occurring in a wider range of lightly wooded country including gardens.

The Golden-breasted Bunting builds an untidy cup nest lined with fine grass or hair low in a shrub or sapling. The two or three eggs are white and black glossy lines. The eggs hatch in 12-13 days and the chicks fledge in another 16-17 days.
The Golden-breasted Bunting is not gregarious, and is now seen as alone, in pairs or small groups. It feeds on the ground, insects and spiders, animal prey being tasks when the birds have young. This species is generally resident, but there appears to be a degree of local movement.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hallo Peter
Super !! zo mooi als deze er op staat
mooie zachte en mooie achtergrond ,vogel mooi scherp en prachtige kleuren
gr lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-11-17 9:29]

Hello Peter,
How exciting to see this new species for TN. I have never even heard of this one until now, it very beautifully marked, I especially like its bright yellow breast and rufous colored upper wing patch. A pleasure to view!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-11-17 12:25]

Hi Peter,great satisfaction for a first time on TN and magnificent capture too. Its pose is funny,it seems very proud to be the first to appear on TN..eheh...and the quality is excellent too,very sharp and with a curious background like an abstract painting,very well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter
Always a good day for a new species here on TN.Great capture of this beauty in a great POV.Lovely natural colors.Excelĺent sharpness.Well done!
Have a good weekend and thanks.
Best regards

Hello Peter,
Brilliant capture. Excellent clarity, focus and sharp details. The colors are nice and natural.
Thanks for sharing this interesting and lovely specie of bird which I never meet in the wild....

Hi Peter,
Welcome back, and congratulations for finding and posting a new species. Excellent photo, the bird's tack sharp, and their pose is truly spectacular. Nice lights and color tones as well, and the background's mish-mashed so well that it seems like an underwater scene. The photo of the day for me on TN, a very valuable post.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Hello Peter

Congratulations for this new species of bird on TN,
fine POV and framing, beautiful light and color tones,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Ciao Peter, congratulations for new specie on TN, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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