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Crested Quail-Dove

Crested Quail-Dove
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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: 2010-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-18 6:41
Viewed: 6631
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After a few photos taken in the wild, now another photo from Weltvogelpark Walsrode, the Crested Quail-Dove, geotrygon versicolor.

Distribution: Endemic to the island of Jamaica. Found in the humid & wet forests & the thicker secondary growth of the island, where it prefers to search thru the leaf littered forest floor for food items; which can include grubs, snails, seeds, small fruits & insects.

Description: (Lafresnaye 1846) Length 27-31 cm. Forehead blackish grey shading to blue grey on crown & buff grey on hindneck. The head & nape feathers form a short cap-like crest. Hindneck & upper mantle dull glossed metallic bronze or bronze-green. Broad reddish buff malar stripe extends across the face just below the eye. Mantle & upper wing shield iridescent reddish purple shading to deep bluish purple on lower wing shields. Primary flight feathers bright chestnut with blackish grey inner webs. Remaining upperparts & tail a greenish black with slight purple iridescence. Belly & flanks purple chestnut. Small narrow eye cere scarlet or reddish. Legs & feet pinkish. Female duller version typically being paler & browner on neck, belly & vent area. Juvenile duller & having rusty feather edges.

Nesting: Clutch is two cream buff to creamy-white eggs; incubation 13-15 days. Juveniles fledge in about two weeks.

Notes: There is a slight dimorphism found in this species; which many breeders of this species utilize.
Did you know?
• The crested quail dove is known locally as the “mountain witch dove”, probably because of its mysterious-sounding call.
• They spend most of their time foraging in leaf litter on the forest floor. If threatened, they prefer to escape by running.
• When not feeding, they are usually seen preening, bathing, or sun-bathing. They need sunlight in order to produce certain vitamins.

It is threatened by habitat loss

Sources: ‘www.internationaldovesociety.com’, ‘www. Garden-city.org’ and ‘Wikipedia’

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Amazing crested quail dove, unseen from me with powerful strong and vivid colors friend Peter. Good day! Perfect point of view which allows us to see the bird fascinating plumage very well! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-18 6:47]

Hello Peter,
A beautiful species of dove, well captured with the aid of flash in the poor lighting.
You did well to achieve such sharpness without the help of a tripod, or maybe you did as I try to do sometimes: support the hand-held camera by resting it on an object.
Nice composition and colours too.
Thanks and enjoy the rest of your weekend,

amazing dove, TFS Ori

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely dove with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
wow that color this bird, another very beautiful image, details, background and sharpness perfect. A very nice picture Peter. Bravo. Regards, Paolo

Ciao Zoest.
Bella foto di questa colomba con bellissimi colori e ottimA la composizione come la nitidezza.
Ciao da Marco.

hallo Peter
zo mooi in het licht van de flits
de kleuren springen er uit
Super scherp en veel details van de veren te zien
super shot
bedankt Peter
groetjes lou

Hallo Peter
What a great image to share, as all the colours in this Crested Quail-Dove plumage so much reminds me of all the brightly decorated shop windows for the festive season. But lets get back to reality and forget about what the bird looks like. It really is a pretty bird, and you have captured it beautifully showing all the bright colours in the feathers really skillfully, I especially fancy the blotches of purple in between the rest of the rainbow of colours. I also like the centralised composition, the inclusion of the algae covered rocks and the bird seed on the surface. A lovely image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Peter.
Impressive photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.
Regards, Christodoulos.

Hi Peter,
what a beautiful photo! Colours are superb. It looks like ours Polish pigean (there are a lot of them in my city Krakow), but colours are completely different.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Peter,
a very beautiful picture of this Dove, very good flash exposure with marvellous colours, very good sharpness in a very nice composition.
Have a good Sunday
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Peter. The best light as possible to obtain so bright colours. Perfetc details and sharp.


Hello Peter,
Excellent details and lovely colours. Very nice capture with
fantastic colours and good clarity.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-18 13:41]

Hello Peter.
The plumage is excellent.Excellent colour saturation.The details are sharp and well focused.This is a very nice shot.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-18 16:01]

Hi Peter,very nice and strange specie and very good pic whit sharpness and colors very good,i like a lot the eye details so impressive....thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hello Peter
this dove have amazing colors, even his legs are beautiful, the sharpness is top quality, the profil view shows his plumage perfectly
very well done
have a good night

Hallo Peter,

wat een prachtige duif heb je hier weer geschoten in Walsrode.
Potverdorie moet er nog maar eens naar toe.
Goede scherpte, laage pove en detailering .
Practige kleuren.
Misschien iets voor op linnen?


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-19 2:29]

Hello Peter,
This is a beautiful Dove captured in a fine pose and showing the bright colours brought out by the flash. Sharp details and a neutral background makes it really stand out!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Peter,
Quail or dove it's too beautiful for a Xmast dinner !!!
Great photo with brightly colours and sharp details of the plumage

Hi Peter,
A very colourful photo, sharp with good framing.
Best wishes, Pambos

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-19 12:32]

Hello Peter,
It is hard to believe that a bird could be so colorful, but here in the proof. I have never heard of this particular little Quail before, but you have done a wonderful job of presenting him for all to enjoy viewing. Well done!!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-12-19 12:50]

Hi Peter,
Cute a pigeon ...
Low light, flash shots. Beautiful composition and very nice details.
Best wishes,

This bird has some bold colors Peter..One could almost call them "gaudy".
It has to be the prettiest dove out there :)
Merry Christmas!

Helo Peter.
This dove is stunning captured with fine lighting and details.
The red ring around the black eye attracted my attention complemented with beautiful plumage.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

Hi Peter,
what a beautiful work! Color and details are perfect.TFS

Hello Peter!
Amazing colourfull work. Wonderful theme. good composition, superb cut, fine exposure, ideal contrast.
Interesting information.
Splendid effect. Well done!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-12-21 5:42]

Hello Peter,
This dove can be proud of its most colorful and beautiful plumage! And the red eye is just perfect to go with it. Simple centred composition which works well here. I think that the use of flash flattened a little bit the colors of feathers, at least it appears like that on my screen.
I wish you and your family Merry Christmas and send kind regards

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-12-30 11:45]

Very colorful species that i´m seeing for the first time.
The plumage and the whole dove are very sharp. Very well done.

very beautiful dove with colorful plumage and its great shot. thanks for showing us this beauty, Peter. well done.
a happy and healthy new year, friendly regards

hello Peter

an excellent close-up photo of the Crested Quail-Dove,
fine low POV, beautiful light, with excellent
focus sharpness and details, TFS


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