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Saffron-billed Sparrow

Saffron-billed Sparrow
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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: 2013-09-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-09 7:40
Viewed: 2178
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another NEW BIRD FOR TN, the Saffron-billed Sparrow.

Not all the birds are sitting on a branch with a blue sky in the background. This one I photographed on the ground as low as possible.

There is not much information about this bird on the internet, so I used most of the text from my bird book.

The Saffron-billed Sparrow (Arremon flavirostris) is a species of bird in the Emberizidae family. that can be found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

The Saffron-billed Sparrow, arremon flavirostris, is 15,5 – 16 cm.
Uncommon to locally fairly common in undergrowth of deciduous woodland and forest. Bill mostly orange-yellow. Male in Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul has a mostly gray mantle with olive on wing-coverts; head black with a white postocular stripe. Mostly white below with a black pectoral band. Female like male but duller and washed with buff below. Saffron-billed’s unobtrusive behaviour is much as in Pectoral Sparrow.

Song a similar spitting “tsit, tsee-tsi-tsi, tseép-seép-tseép.

Sources: Wikipedia and the book: Birds of brazil, The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil by John A. Gwynne, Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor and Martha Argel.

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Hello Peter,
GREAT notes and CONGRATULATIONS for another FIRST.
In Terceira, Azores there are plenty of these species; have a few images of them on my computer.
Thanks for sharing this MOST PLEASANT COMPOSITION.
Mario from COLD COLD Canada.

hallo peter
super om deze voor het eerst te plaatsen
super scherpe opname veel details en prachtige kleuren
Leuke compositie tussen het groen
groet lou

Boa tarde Peter
Today we are neighbors. :)
Great capture of this beautiful bird in a great low POV, impressive clarity, fantastic colours and details.I think you took great advantage of this great way trip to Brazil my Friend. Great photos!
Thank You!
Have a good Sunday!
Best regards

Hello Mr.Peter,
Outstanding capture this sparrow.It's new to me.Haven't seen before.Great details with beautiful colour combination.Well sharpness too.Very good work.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hi Peter,
interesting point of view. Very good portrait of this bird. Amazing natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Peter,
great how you are bringing me into deep eye contact with this lively Brazilian sparrow, captured with perfect focussing and depth of field from an invitingly low point of view. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well. This is indeed a new one and I am seeing this bird here for the first time apart my knowledge of them in a field guide.The image is sharp and finely focused and the colour detail of plumage is excellent.Even on the ground the bird has not lost its beauty and grace.Fine angle as well. Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-09 11:03]

Hi Peter,a new pearl in your brazilian gallery full of new entries,magnificent capture on the ground for this beautiful sparrow,impressive quality of detail and colors despite the difficult light and location.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Peter, lovely composition with nice bird in a beautiful ambientation, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色鮮豔華麗 很新奇
光線亮麗 構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-02-09 15:09]

Hola Peter, una belleza de especie que pertenece a un género que son muy difíciles de fotografiar, hermosa foto con la luz perfecta, el entorno, la composición donde podemos ver la belleza de este pájaro, además del contacto con el ojo que no es facil lograr por su máscara negra...saludos, una gran foto...

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-02-09 17:37]

Hello Peter, Congratulations on a first for TN!!
I am thrilled to see this bird for the first time. I have never heard of it before and can honestly say it is certainly a beauty. I love it's bold black head and neck markings as well as the attractive contrasting colors in it's plumage. Great capture!!!

Hello Peter

Once again congratulations for a new bird species on TN from you,
great photo of this exotic sparrow, with very fine low POV, great DOF,
and excellent framing, beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hello Peter,
What a beautiful capture of this small bird.
Excellent details and sharpness.Nice natural color and composition.
Good point of view and framing.
Thank you for sharing.

Hi Peter!
Superb shot with perfect sharpness and remarkable details. You have captured this bird superbly. Well done and many thanks for this lovely presentation,
Best Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-02-10 4:45]

Hello Peter,
What a cute and vivid bird and a first for TN. So thanks a lot to show this new species with this fine and well presented picture. Natural colors, best sharpness and composition including the fine vegetation.

OUTSTANDING quality.........

A wonderful colourful little bird - great. To my impression the pic is a bit too grainy.
best regards

Hello Peter.
It is really a wonderful image with great clarity and colour.
Great work.
Best wishes,

Ciao Peter. Impressive focused eye beautiful colours. Bit oversharpened.


Hi Peter, Lovely Saffron-billed Sparrow portrait. Great low POV and DOF. I like the eye of this beautiful creature. Super sharpness and details. Wonderful eye contact. Thank for sharing

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