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Canyon Towhee.

Canyon  Towhee.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-28 10:04
Viewed: 3258
Points: 44
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Canyon Towhee. Pipilo fuscus

The Canyon Towhee or Brown Towhee, Pipilo fuscus, is a bird of the family Emberizidae. It is native to lower-lying areas from Arizona, southern Colorado, and western Texas south to northwestern Oaxaca, Mexico, mostly avoiding the coasts.

The taxonomy of the group of towhees to which this species belongs is debated. At the higher level, some authors place the towhees in the family Fringillidae. Within the genus, there has been dispute about whether the Brown Towhee is a distinct species from the California Towhee, Pipilo crissalis, found in coastal regions from Oregon and California in the United States through Baja California in Mexico. At present, molecular genetics seems to have settled this issue in favour of separation of the species.

The Canyon Towhee's natural habitat is brush or chaparral. Its skulking habits and nondescript appearance mean that it is not one of the better known birds. It is around 20–25 cm in length and plump, and has a noticeably long tail. It is earthy brown in color, with somewhat lighter underparts and a somewhat darker head with a rufous cap (except that birds in central Mexico have the cap the same color as the back); there is also a slightly reddish area beneath the tail. There is little sexual dimorphism.

The Canyon Towhee feeds on the ground or in low scrub rather than in the tree canopy. Near human habitation, it is often seen in parking lots, where it feeds on insects on the cars' grills and takes cover under the cars when disturbed.

Thanks for looking and please have a nice weekend, full of great moments taking photos.


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Ciao Luis, lovely bird in great pose with fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid blurry BG, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-03-28 10:12]

Hello Luis
You capture this bird with great details and natural colors. Well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-28 10:30]

Hi Luis. a bird i have not seen or head of before so thanks for posting. You have taken a fine close up showing good detail and natural looking colours. Against the plain BG. well done TFs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-28 10:54]

Hello Luis,
I've seen more photos of this species, but this one is most beautiful. Great colours and excellent sharp details. Good contrast against the matching BG. Good composition and POV.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-28 11:15]

Hola Luis,
otro preciosa captura con buen foco y encuadre,
atractivo pajarito,
saludos amigo,
buen fin de semana.

Hi Luis,
Nicely composed bird shot. good DOF, sharpness and details.
TFS - Regards - Adil.

hello Luis
beautiful composition
nice colours and great sharpness
greeting lou

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-28 12:32]

Hola Primo,

I love these Towhees and haven't seen one yet this spring. They should be back soon. This is an excellent capture with him looking very inquisitive. As well as wonderful natural colors and fine details of his face, eye and plumage you have captured his personality.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-28 12:51]

Hello Luis,
Very cute shot of Canyon Towhee. Nicele composed sharp image with perfect OOF homogenous background and nice natural colors
Very good job
Best regards Siggi

hello Luis
beautiful and little funny pose,
good moment full detail and natural colours
beautiful photo

ciao Luis!
another species.. another surprise.....

compliments sERGIO

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-03-28 20:17]

Hola Luis,
Your superior camera work shines once again in this image. Incredible plumage details and lovely natural colors. Excellent job my friend.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-29 5:52]

Hello Luis, Thanks for your wishes. The bird's expression looks like it is also expecting someone to take a shot. Well done Ganesh

Gee Louis...even the metal has earth tones...everything is very earthy down there I'm sure...I think I should need a refresher course in my Carlos Castaneda...if he is real...but this bird is certainly real and does well to belong in your gallery!

Hello Luis
a fine picture of this canyon towhee perfectly captured
I like all in this hot, the great pose, the very sharp details, he colors of the bird and BG and the composition

hello Luis

excellent photo of the beautiful Canyon Towhee,
fine POV and framing, superb focus on the foreground
with great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-29 18:13]

Hi Luis
Nice capture.Nice colors and sharp image with good detail.Excellent text to.
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-29 22:20]

Hola Luis,
The pose, POV, sharpness and composition couldn't be better in this fine capture of a Canyon Towhee, all its features showing with excellent clarity against the OOF warm BG.
Muy buen trabajo amigo!
Un abrazo,

Hi Luis, an awesome capture of this L'il and cute Canyon Towhee with lovely pose in a charming atmosphere.
TFS and cheers,

Hola Luis,
splendida immagine di Pipilo fuscus colto in una meravigliosa posa con eccellente definizione e ricchezza di dettagli, magnifici i colori e stupendo los fondo.
Saludos cordiales

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-03-31 1:10]

Merhaba Luis,
Çok güzel bir kompozisyon; renkler, netlik ve arka alanın sadeliği çok güzel olmuş.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-03-31 3:01]

Hello Luis
What a lovely image you have here. That little bird shows up so clear, so sharp. And the BG and bird all tone in so well together
Well done

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