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Quiscalus Mexicanus 1

Quiscalus Mexicanus 1
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Copyright: Ricardo Tames Vargas (RII) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Kenko Skylight 1-A
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-11 13:22
Viewed: 6308
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Quiscalus Mexicanus.

Kindom : Animalia
Philo : Chordata
Class : Birds
Order : Passeriformes
Family : Icteridae
Scientific Name : Quiscalus Mexicanus (Gmelin, 1788)
Old Name : Corvus Mexicanus (Gmelin, 1788)

Diagnóstic Description: The male is 43 cm. and weighs 230 grs., and the female 33 cm. and 125 grs. The beak is long and robust, and feet and fingers are great. The tail is long and in males folds into a deep V.
Adult male shows the head and body with a high gloss black purple and black wings and tail with a blue-green sheen.
The females are dark brown above, wings and tail blackish and slightly glossy. Eyebrows are opaque and grayish buff list is eye fusca. Below are grayish brown, paler face stained with the flanks. The iris is pale yellow and the beak and feet black.
The juveniles are similar to the adult female (though clearly the difference in size in both sexes at the time of leaving the nest), although more sooty brown and more fringe on. Below are more Buffy. They have the throat and abdomen pale greyish center and a list fusco indistinct in the lower region. The iris is dark gray and brown.

Habitat : Can be found in a variety of semi-open to open habitats, including farmland, marshes and wetlands, forest edges and scrub bushes, and suburban areas.

Reproduction: During courtship displays, or when they behave aggressively, males perch with beak pointing straight up.
The nest is a bulky bowl with a base of various plant materials, the outer wall made of coarse fibers, an intermediate layer of mud or dung, and a lining of fine rootlets or other fibers.
Solitary nest in scattered colonies form on mangroves, or in highly populated colonies in palms or large trees on land, mainly at a height of 5 to 20 m
Lay 2 to 3 eggs, between pale blue and bright spots or scratches with intricate brown or black. They breed from January to July.

Feeding : They eat berries, fruit very large, newly grown grain or maturation, larvae extracted from the ground, cattle ticks, several invertebrates of the intertidal zone, lizards, small fish, eggs and nestlings of other birds, carrion, garbage and garbage.
Mainly forage on the ground, sometimes in company with "pius" (Molothrus aeneus). Turned over the pebbles with her beak, especially along the coast.

Behavior: They are highly gregarious.
Frequent trills and exciting ago, mainly to woo the female. It is aggressive with small birds and the bullies away from their territory.

Relationships: It is considered a pest species, invasive trees in parks and parking lots of hotels, etc.. It has also been dedicated to moving species such as the "comemaíz (Zonotrichia capensis).

Distribution : It is this sort of thing about north America to south Peru.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-11 13:26]

Hi Ricardo,
Lovely portrait.POV,pose of bird,simple BG,clear eyes and details are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Richardo

Excellent portrait of this corvoid. Superb sharpness and plumage details. The bird stands out really well on your lovely OOF background. Fine shot.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-12-11 15:35]

Hola Ricardo.
Para mi una agradable sorpresa volver a ver tus finas fotos otra vez aqui, se te extraña.
Exelente foto. alto nivel en fotografia.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-12-11 17:53]

Un ave muy común en nuestro medio y generalmente menospreciada; lo que no quiere decir que se pueden lograr grandes fotos como esta...saludos.

Hello Ricardo,
welcome back, nice to see a new picture from you; a superb portrait of Quiscalus Mexicanus, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, i like this pleasing close composition with a very good neutral BG.
Best regards

  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2009-12-13 11:40]

Hi Ricardo,

an good portrait image from this bird with good details and fine colours.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-13 11:56]

Hello Ricardo.
Superb shot, fantastic colours that you captured from this beautiful Quiscalus Mexicanus. Birds are beautiful and few people really appreciate it. Thanks for sharing this picture with us and making us enjoy those birds.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-13 22:09]

Hola Ricardo,
A very fine close portrait of this Mexican Grackle. The details of the head and neck are sharp, taken with good lighting and colors and well seen against the neutral BG. You must have been close to take this with a macro lens!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-14 8:56]

Hello Ricardo,
Fantastic portrait in superb sharpness and every detail is visible. Very beautiful natural colours. Great OOF BG and choice of composition. Impressive eye.

Hello Ricardo
It's great to see you posting again. Your portrait of a Quiscalus Mexicanus shows very sharp detail and excellent DOF. The colours are well shown, I love your close view to show off the plumage so well.
TFS Janice

Excellent portrait work Ricardo, tack sharp!
Merry Christmas :)

Hello Ricardo,

This is a fine profile portrait!
Very impressive details in the plumage, lovely colour reproduction...

And I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, but I guess White is too much to ask for!

Pablo -

This fellow looks almost like a common crow.... yet colourful!
Lovely presentation, indeed.
You are a true artist and a great lover of nature. It is always a pleasure to view your work.
Those "EYES"!!!
FANTASTIC imaging, indeed.
Mario with friendly greetings.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-03-31 6:14]

Hello Ricardo! Fantastic portrait of this great bird! Great sharpness in the details, a good exposure and a fine background, really well done! Thanks!


Hola Ricardo,
amazingly precise close capture in most beautiful subtle ransitions of colour. A splendid portrait of Quiscalus mexicanus. My congratulations!
With thanks and best regards,

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