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Long-tailed Finch

Long-tailed Finch
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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: 2012-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-23 6:43
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 80
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Another NEW species for TN.

I’ve made this photo in a bird park where this species has a big aviary to themselves.

The Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda) is a common species of estrildid finch found in Australia; also known as the Blackheart Finch, Shaft-tail Finch, Heck's Grassfinch, Heck's Grass Finch, and Heck's Finch. It is a predominantly fawn-coloured bird with a pale grey head and prominent black bib and eyes. It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 1,000,000–10,000,000 km². It inhabits dry savanna habitats in Australia. The status of the species is evaluated as Least Concern, and adapts readily to aviculture.

The Long-tailed Finch was first described by ornithologist John Gould in 1840 as Amadina acuticauda, having been collected by Benjamin Bynoe, the surgeon aboard HMS Beagle. It is one of three species in the genus Poephila. It is placed in the Australo-papuan Finch family Estrildidae, although this family itself was previously placed in the sparrow family Passeridae.

A genetic study published in 2005 showed that the two subspecies of the Long-tailed Finch were separated from each other by the Kimberley Plateau–Arnhem Land Barrier around 340,000 years ago, and their ancestors diverged from the Black-throated Finch (P. cincta) across the Carpentarian Barrier 0.6 million years ago.

The adult Long-tailed Finch is around 15 cm (6 in) in length. It has a prominent roundish black bib on its throat and upper chest and a long pointed black tail. It has pinkish brown upperparts with paler plumage below its bib over the lower breast and abdomen. It has a grey head, a white ear-patch, and black lores. It has black patches on its upper flanks and its rump and undertail coverts are white. The beak colour of the adult Long-tailed Finch varies from red through orange to yellow. The subspecies with red beaks is sometimes called Heck's Grass Finch Poephila acuticauda hecki, and the nominate subspecies with orange or yellow beaks is sometimes called the Long-tailed Grass Finch. Males are females are similar, except the females may be slightly duller and may have a slightly smaller bib. Females have shorter wings and tails than males on average, but their measurements, as well as throat bib size, generally lie within the range of male measurements. Furthermore, male and female plumage is indistinguishable in ultraviolet and visible light. A study published in 1999 showed that male Long-tailed Finches were unable to determine the sex of unfamiliar members of their species unless the latter bird declared its sex by song. Juveniles have black beaks and shorter tail feathers.

The Long Tailed Finch inhabits open woodland across northern Australia, from Derby east to the Leichhardt River in northern Queensland.
Male Long Tailed Finches approach unfamiliar members of the species and engage in a courtship display, holding themselves in an upright posture and singing, before attempting to mate with the newcomer. Male newcomers will sometimes not declare their sex when confronted by a group of birds. The authors of the study propose this is a survival mechanism to reduce harassment, increase chances of acceptance into the group and hence chances of future reproduction.
The species breeds in natural hollows. Pairs share feeding responsibilities, and there has been one report of birds from older broods helping their parents raise the following brood, the first time that cooperative breeding has been recorded in an Australian estrildid finch. The clutch consists of four to six dull white oval eggs measuring 17 x 12 mm. The incubation period is 13 to 17 days.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Excellent photo presentation of this Long Tailed Finch, new species for TN, congratulations!
Regards, Joska

Wow, what a lovely capture of this beautiful Finch, Peter!
The POV is so good it shows the entire bird in its best possible aspect.
The colours on various parts of the bird are a delight to watch.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Peter,
Lovely birds with fantastic details,excellent sharpness,splendid light and wonderful natural colors.-Congratulations

Hallo Peter
Hij is weer super mooi gekleurd
met veel details en een goede zachte achtergrond
Goed van scherpte vooral de kop is erg goed
bedankt groetjes lou

A beautiful species with lovely colours.
Nicely poised with excellent detail and good background.
regards yiannis

Hello Peter,
Splendid bird with superb colors. Exceptional details, sharpness and focus.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Peter,
beautiful portrait. AMazing colours. Very good composition. A lot of details.
Have a nice week,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-01-23 9:45]

Has conseguido unos colores preciosos. Enhorabuena.

Ciao Peter, again a new specie for TN, congratulatiobs, great cvapyure of lovely bird on a beautiful lighting BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

great picture Peter, very beautiful subject, excellent light, colors and details!

un saluto,tino

Hi Peter,
Excellent picture of this cute little bird captured with fine details & sharpness.
Taken from a good POV & its a lovely composition. I like the soft BG too.
Well done & TFS.

Ciao Peter. Razor details and sharp, Faboulouse colours indeed. Best compliments.


Hello Peter,
Another new species on TN from you. Congratulations! The details, sharpness, colours, POV and composition are great in this image.
Best regards,

WOW ..just to let you know, you are one of the reasons i started a budget for a zoom adapter and lens. hehe

THIS IS AWESOME and will be a favorite of mine for a long time coming. So perfect in every way, Fstop to perfection, colors of beauty and well, you raise the bar higher for me personally my friend. KUDOS just adore this little bird!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-23 11:29]

Hello Peter,
This is a beautiful shot.Perfect details and sharpness. Great photo and thanks for sharing!Best regards Siggi

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-23 12:10]

Very beautiful image of this finch, Peter!
Great sharpness and fine detail; wonderful delicate colors and nice contrast with a blurred background; perfect POV and nice eye contact. Very well done!!

Hello Peter,
another great portrait of a colorful bird. Beautiful yellow beak.
Regards - Slawek

Hello Peter,
congratulations for the beautiful photos, excellent POV, sharpness and good colors.
Thanks for the notes that allow me to make new animals.
Hello Vanni

Gran realismo y preciosos colores. Sacas un buen partido a esa lente.
Abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-23 13:52]

I´m going to put it in my favorite list!!! Wow! It is so gorgeous! A real masterpiece !!! As Miss Piggy says : PPP =pretty,perfect photo.Bravo!TFS
Regards from,
PS:thanks for your lovely comments in my last pic!Appreciated it!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-23 14:25]

Hi Peter,simply fantastic.What a nice beauty this specie and what a magnificent colors,your perfect pic is the best way to discover it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2012-01-23 19:36]

Hi Peter

Great shot of this beautiful little finch. Lovely pose and super detail.

Best wishes


Hi Peter,

Wow another work of art here Peter, congrats on a new species on TN hmmm lovely stuff, sharpness top draw, splendid lighting with fabulous natural colours, great effort here my friend and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Peter,
Another beautiful bird you have captured, fantastic clarity sharpness, lovely highlighted eye, beautiful colours and a perfect background, a superb work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hello Peter
Amazing bird and beautiful photo with very good composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-24 5:45]

Beautiful bird, very colorful and well composed with details. tfs.

Incredible sharp image with nice composition and colour.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-01-24 8:00]

Hallo Peter,
Lovely capture of this Long-tailed Finch ..
Excellent colors, sharpness, composition and background.
Best wishes,

so small and so beautiful, TFS Ori

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2012-01-24 13:05]
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Merhaba Peter!
Daha önce hiç görmediğim bir kuş bu. Kompozisyon ve detaylar kusursuz. Tebrikler.


Hello Peter

WOW ! great close-up shot of this beautiful bird
and once again congratulations for this new species on TN,
fine POV, excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Peter,
I like the look at this finch with very nice colored details. the black under the beaks is truly amazing. Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Peter,
Een uitstekende samenstelling met Buitengewone scherpte en mooie details!! Grote POV en DOF mijn vriend. Het is mijn wens aan someday post een foto met dergelijke schoonheid en duidelijkheid op TN. Goed uitgevoerd mijn vriend.
Vriendelijke groeten,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-25 22:41]

Hello Peter,
what a beautiful and colorful bird. Yu have shown it in its best pose and view.
Exciting work in an excellent presentation.


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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-01-27 6:58]

hello peter

!!!this is a photograph of the year!!!


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-28 7:35]

Hi Peter,
Really beautiful portrait. Excellent sharpness, composition and natural colors.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2012-02-01 18:06]

Hello Peter,
Stunningly detailed image of this wonderful new species who's colours are superb. Great work peter, thank you.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-03 4:46]

Hello Peter,
Some new species from you, this one with its delicate-colored plumage is a real beauty. Excellent shot presented with perfect sharpness and a well chosen point of view. I never had seen this beautiful Australian Finch, nice to discover it.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2012-02-08 1:03]

Bonjour Peter, photo remarquable de part son piqué, ses couleurs et le fond gris diffus qui met bien en valeur l'oiseau. Very well done, best regards, Didier.

Hi Peter,
Fantastic image of the beautiful bird. Crisp sharpness. Exactness and clearness of the colours, amazing subject and composition are excellent.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-03-04 7:38]
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Dag Peter,

Het is altijd goed om nieuwe soorten te zien. Deze ziet er erg fraai uit in z'n grijs,bruin,zwarte outfit. Heb je deze foto in Avifauna genomen?
Mooie plaat.


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