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Long-tailed Ground Dove

Long-tailed Ground Dove
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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: 2013-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-12 6:41
Viewed: 1855
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Again a NEW BIRD FOR TN, The Long-tailed Ground Dove.
And yes, this one is sitting on a branch with a blue sky in the background.
There is not much information about this bird on the internet, so I used most of the text from the bird book.

The Long-tailed Ground Dove (Uropelia campestris) is a species of bird in the Columbidae family, the doves and pigeons. It is the only species, monotypic, within the genus Uropelia. It is found in the cerrado of central and northeast-central Brazil and neighbouring Bolivia in the southwest.
Its natural habitats are dry savanna and subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland.
It is 18 cm.

Pantanal: Local and uncommon in campos and pastures. Long-tailed. Iris bluish gray; yellow eye-ring and legs. Forecrown bluish gray, brown above; wings with two purple, black and white bands; outer tail feathers black with white tips (most evident in flight). Unlikely to be confused; other ground doves are nowhere near as long tailed. Generally found in pairs, not with other doves. Feeds while pottering about on the ground and often seen as it flushes from roadsides.
Song a series of high-pitched notes, often sounding somewhat doubled (vaguely trogon-like), “kow-o, kow-o, kow-o.....”.

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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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-02-12 6:45]

Well captured image of this beautiful dove..good composition, lighting and colors. tfs.

Hi Peter,
Well captured Very sharp image indeed.

A charming little Dove from Brazil, Peter.
The perspective gives a fine view of its plumage. The slightly turned head shows us the colour of its eye.
Thanks for yet another great pic from Brazil.

Hi Peter,
beautiful photo of this bird. Excellent sharpness and details. Perfect presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

Thanks Peter for bring us a new species of pigeon, at least I had not ever seen. Hugs,

Hernán Bortondello

Hello Mr.Peter,
A new species here in TN.Congratulation for adding this species.Nice colour and sharpness.Beautiful eye.Well captured.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hallo Peter

een prachtige foto van deze mooie duif
goed van scherpte en prachtige kleuren
Aparte ogen heeft deze
bedankt groet lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-12 12:39]

Hi Peter,another first time for TN from your gallery,your last serie from Brazil is great and full of surprises! Magnificent capture of thi dove,it turn the head in the right way and moment for the best result,great quality too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-02-12 16:20]

Hola Peter; hermosa especie que no conocía, me gusta el fondo, la percha y los detalles del ave...saludos.

Hi Peter,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色鮮豔華麗 光線亮麗
神態自然也很可愛 眼睛很特殊 非常的美麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hi Peter!
A very good shot of this dove that is not common. Good sharpness and nice details. Beautifully colored eye too. Thanks for this lovely sharing,
Best Regards,

Hello Peter

And once again congratulations for this new bird species on TN,
excellent photo of this exotic Dove, with fine POV obtaining his
eye-contact, very beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-02-13 20:45]

Hello Peter, Congratulations on another first!!
A rather delicate looking dove with very pretty bluish eyes and an attractive yellow eye ring. Not quite sure how it got it's name, as it's tail doesn't appear to be overly long to me.
I like it's pose with just a slight turn of it's head. Good color with a pretty blue sky for a BG.

Hi Peter,
Great close up of this beautiful Long-tailed Ground Dove.
Excellent natural color and details.Beautiful colorful eye.
Nice composition and timing.Nice point of view.
Thank you for sharing.


Hello Peter,
Beautiful species and nicely captured with its all details.
Best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-02-14 8:08]

Hello Peter,
A new species again! You have been very successful in Brazil. A fine dove-species with a beautiful blue eye and a subtle colored plumage. Good composition too.

Ciao Peter. Intrigant warm light on the bird! Excellent DOF and details agains the BG.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-02-15 9:36]

Shalom Peter,

You keep educating its about the great world of Brazilian fauna. The quality of the pic is excellent as usual!

Many thanks!


Hello Peter,
impressing capture of that blue eyed ground dove, perfectly posing for you with charming eye contact to the viewer, well lighted by the sun in front of a clear blue sky. A pleasure to see your presentation of a rarely documented dove with such well written, instructive notes.
Thank you!
With best regards,

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely dove in nice pose, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Thank you Peter for another new bird to introduce here.
It is really a wonderful capture of this Long-tailed Ground Dove.
Perfect sharpness and colour.
Love the composition and the way you present it.
Best wishes,

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