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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-06 9:35
Viewed: 3770
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Late in the afternoon, a cloudy weather, poor light conditions - the bird was among the leaves of this tree. Anyway, here's the picture of this very common fellow here. Fill-in flash was used.

We call this bird "bem-te-vi". It is an onomatopoeia. When people listen to the bird's voice, they think it sounds similar to words which, in Portuguese, can be understood as “I saw you well” or “Honey, I saw you”. Therefore, the "bem-te-vi" offers us, Brazilians, a suggestive singing.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Lanius

The great kiskadee is a large member of the flycatcher family. It is about ten inches in length. It has black and white stripes on the crown and sides of its head. It has a white line above its eyes. Its chest and undersides are a bright yellow and its throat is white. Its back and wings are brown and its bill and legs are black.

The great kiskadee lives in open woodlands, streamside thickets, groves, orchards and parks.

The great kiskadee can be found from extreme southern Texas south to Argentina.

The great kiskadee eats insects like beetles, wasps, grasshoppers, bees and moths. Despite the fact that it is a flycatcher, it also eats berries, seeds, mice, frogs, fish and lizards. It also will dive straight into the water to catch fish.

Kiskadees are monogamous. A male will mate with only one female. Mating season begins in late March. The female great kiskadee lays two to five creamy-white and brown speckled eggs in a domed nest made of sticks, grass, moss and bark. The nest has a single entry hole and is lined with soft material like wool and feathers. The nest is usually built in a thorn tree or bush. Both parents defend the nesting territory and care for the young.

The great kiskadee is named for its loud "kis-ka-dee" call. It travels in pairs and aggressively protects its nesting territory. One of its most feared predators is the coral snake and the kiskadee will stay away from anything that has the same color pattern as the coral snake.

ellis49, marhowie, moemf, Dave, dew77, wishnugaruda, honza, Robespierre, red45, thistle, scottevers7, coasties has marked this note useful
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Hi Livio,
I look at you and I like you a lot. It's a beautiful bird you have caught.
The colours are very nice. Very good details and POV.
Well done, my friend.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-06 10:34]

Bonjour Livio!

Un autre bel oiseau ici,félicitation pour la pose et la prise de vue.Bonne couleurs et bon détails.


I agree with Gert, this is a very beautiful bird Livio. Well positioned in the frame with a great POV & very nice colors. Especially well done, when you consider the condtions you faced. Well done & have a Great Weekend my friend!

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2006-01-06 11:35]

Hi Livio

Beautifully captured considering the conditions you describe. It is a lovely little bird and a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing an lovely post. Also, thanks for the useful note.


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-06 12:33]

Very nice job Livio!
Excellent composition! The bird is nice and sharp:) unlike mine...:(
And, it is a very pretty bird!

Nice capture of this kiskadee, the POV is very nice as well as the composition. Fill in flash compensated well and created nice even illumination on subject without too much change on the feather coloration. :)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-06 13:57]

Hello Livio,
Wonderful shot! I liked your bem-te-vi! It looks very cute...TFS:)

Hi Livio,
I love this guy with the mask - hope he's no robber like a mackpie?!?
I like the yellow body - so many beautiful colours on this little bird. Thanks for sharing, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Livio!
Another cute "face" from you. Looks so friendly and so nice.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-01-06 16:48]

Very nice photo of the lovely bird Livio. Perfect focus, composition and colors.

Hi Livio,
Very nice bird, good POV and bright natural colours.
I like the pose of the bird. It looks like he is watching you and wondering what's is all about?
Good work! TFS and regards, Ruud

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-06 17:57]

Hi Livio!

Cute bird. I like its yellow belly, but even more black stripe around head - it looks like old-school robber ;-) Good pose and note!

Hi Livio,
You did very well on this one considering conditions. Picture had great details and lighting.
I like it.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-01-06 20:22]

Another good one Livio, I can't believe it, there is new bird for me everyday in Trek Nature ! It's a learning center for me. Great photograph ! Thanks,


Hi Livio,
Overcast light, but it has allowed for some excellent color saturation, very beautiful. The detail is very sharp, and your control on the DOF here looks perfect. I like the composition and framing. Amazing with the B&W head, Brown back and wings, and Yellow Breast.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-07 1:18]

This is probably your best shot of the famed "bem-te-vi".
The details are super sharp and the colors are very vivid.
Fantastic POV and composition. Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Livio

Another cuties from you. Nicely composed shot. Good POV. Crisp, clear and sharp. Nice work. Thanks.

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