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Purple-Crested Turaco

Purple-Crested Turaco
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron AF70-300mmF/4-5.6Di-LD-MACRO 1:2
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-02-04 8:02
Viewed: 1693
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this picture of "Purple-Crested Turaco"(Tauraco Porphyreophus) in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

*It was flying here and there, but I had noticed they usually chose tall Trees. It was almost 50m far from me(Skukuza Bush Lodges area) and I have noticed this is a bird which never sit freely; I mean very restless bird. It's really a stunning view to see the flying Turaco, due to its color.

*Now few lines about this attractive species - Purple-Crested Turaco is a species of a bird in the Musophagidae family. It is the National bird of Swaziland, and the crimson flight feathers of this and related Turaco species are important in the ceremonial regalia of the Swazi Royal Family.

*This bird has a purple colored crest above a green head, a red ring around their eyes, and a black bill. The neck and chest are green and brown. The rest of the body is purple, with red flight feathers. They live in moist woodland and evergreen forests. They eat mainly fruit. It is found in Burundi, kenya, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe etc...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-02-04 10:29]

Hi Srikumar,how is beautiful this species,very rare and not often seen on TN.Magnificent capture despite the difficult location,bright colors and very good details,you caught in a great way this lucky opportunity!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

hallo Sri
Great picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of fantastic bird, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-02-04 22:27]

Hi Srikumar

Great capture of this very interesting species despite the difficulties you faced, very nice composition, excellent sharpness, brilliant colors. Porphyreophus has greek roots porphyre= πορφυρό= purple and ophus= λοφίο= creste



beatiful bird.Gud spot.Nice color.

Hi Sri,
Excellent PoV to show the colorful bird, even with eye contact! A real beauty, indeed. And your photo's a spectacular one with nice colors, lights and pleasant composition. Couldn't be any better, concerning the difficulties written in your note. Congratulations!
Best regards, László

AMAZING BIRD.Never saw this before.This bird looks like any pre historic animal to me.Great capture.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-04-10 19:25]

hi Srikumar
It looks like a prehistoric bird. Interesting specimend and nice blue tones.


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