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Rufous Collared Sparrow

Rufous Collared Sparrow
Photo Information
Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Guatemala & Belize
Date Submitted: 2010-02-06 11:07
Viewed: 6399
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I realize that there are some major flaws with this shot and I apologize. But since it is not a common species on TN, I thought I would post it anyway.

Thanks go to Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) for the ID help.

Rufous Collared Sparrow
Zonotrichia capensis

Brazilian name: tico-tico
Chilean name: Chincol

The Rufous-collared Sparrow is found throughout South America apart from the Amazon and Orinoco basins.

It is a bird of open and semi-open country and is found round farms and in cities. It is in fact quite a fascinating species with about 29 sub-species.

It has been said that the Rufous-collared Sparrow is retreating from some South American cities as the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) takes over. However, there is some debate about this. The 2 species have radically different ecological requirements. The Rufous-collared Sparrow is highly territorial, is not primarily a city bird and it builds its nest in quite low vegetation. The House Sparrow in contrast is more colonial and establishes itself high up on buildings.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-06 11:11]

Hello Manyee
Wonderful composition and great details
Thanks for sharing this beauty

Hi Manyee

A lovely compostion of the Rufous Collared Sparrow against the red flower in the BG.
Sharpness and details shown perfectly.

Well done and TFS
Kind Regards

Hi Manyee,

You have captured this thiny bird as beautiful as possible. Sharpen details, well saturated natural colours... Quite fantastic work. Bravo and TFS.


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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2010-02-06 13:14]

A excellent shot and a high definition and color, good job! Well done. Carme.

Hello Manyee,
A lovely bird with such great colours. Excellent capture with good sharpness and clarity.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-07 1:16]

Hello Manyee,
Very beautiful clear photo of this sparrow. It wasn't a great offer to find the ID. I do it with pleasure, thanks.
The clarity in this photo is very nice, also the sharpness and details. Good composition.

HI Manyee,
this bird is so pretty, never saw this guy before.
Also wonderful with the flower behind, excellent post, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2010-02-08 5:36]

Hi Manyee,

I don't see major flaws with this shot, perhaps the harsh lighting.
The head is striking. compare with our common Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer Montanus).

Thanks for sharing this.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-10 7:39]

Hello Manyee,
Though as you say this photo is not perfect, it was taken in excellent lighting and from a nice POV that shows the features of this Rufous-collared Sparrow with pretty good clarity.
TFS this unusual species,

Ciao Manyee, beautiful composition with lovely bird and splendid flower, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Salut Manyee
C'est une superbe prise de vue,iL est très joli moineau tout est parfait, les couleurs les détails le cadrage ainsi que le BG

Merci pour l'envoie et félicitation....JP

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