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Social Flycatcher

Social Flycatcher
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Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-15 9:00
Viewed: 5078
Points: 10
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This bird's crown was formed by the wind and normally is not evident. If you look closely you can see some of the orange crown color.

The Social Flycatcher, Myiozetetes similis, is a passerine bird, a member of the large tyrant flycatcher family.

It breeds in cultivation, pasture, and open woodland with some trees from northwestern Mexico south to northeastern Peru, southern Brazil and northwestern Argentina.

It is sometimes split into two species, with the Social Flycatcher, M. texensis, from Costa Rica northwards, and the Vermillion-crowned Flycatcher, M. similis, from southwest Costa Rica into South America.

The nest, built by the female in a bush, tree or on a building, is a large roofed structure of stems and straw, which for protection is often built near a wasp, bee or ant nest, or the nest of another tyrant flycatcher. The nest site is often near or over water. The typical clutch is two to four brown- or lilac-blotched cream or white eggs, laid between February and June.

In appearance the Social Flycatcher resembles a smaller Boat-billed Flycatcher, Megarynchus pitangua. The adult is 16-18 cm long and weighs 24-27 g. The head is dark grey with a strong white eyestripe and a concealed orange crown stripe. The upperparts are olive-brown, and the wings and tail are brown with only faint rufous fringes. The underparts are yellow and the throat is white. Young birds have a paler eye mask, reduced crown stripe, and have chestnut fringes to the wing and tail feathers.

The call is a sharp peeurrr and the dawn song is a chips-k-cheery.

Social Flycatchers sally out from an open perch in a tree to catch insects in flight. They also regularly hover to take small berries, and will enter shallow waters to predate tadpoles.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Richard
The picture is little unsharp but given the wind feathers are going to be ruffled!!
Excellent colours pov and dof..Great Job
All the best and tfs

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-08-15 10:53]

hi richard,
this is a good picture of this SF.nice notes and good POV.but the picture is a bit soft in focus. but a great try.

Something very peaceful about this combination of yellow and green. Very pleasing picture to gaze on. Well noted too!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-17 10:48]

Hi Richard,
Wonderful shot of this Flycatcher. Though the focus is a bit soft you have captured a fine pose with lovely colours on its plumage. The BG and lighting are great. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Richard,
Never seen this one. Nice shot.


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