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Pale-mandibled Aracari

Pale-mandibled Aracari
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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: 2006-07-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-13 6:51
Viewed: 7166
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Four and a half years ago I’ve posted a photo of this bird here on TN. This is another photo of this bird in another pose.

This photo is taken in the sanctuary Amazoonico in the jungle of Ecuador.

English: Pale-mandibled Araçari
Latin: Pteroglossus erythropygius
Dutch: Bleeksnavelarassari

40.5-43 cm.
Canopy and borders of humid forest and secondary woodland in lowlands (especially) and foothills. Sexes alike.
Iris yellow; ocular skin bright red, eye-ring and area in front of eye dark blue; base outlined in white. Bill (11.5 – 12.5 cm) mostly creamy yellow, maxilla tip yellow and black on sides of maxilla, mandible tip black; base outlined in white. Greenish black above with red rump. Throat black; underparts yellow, breast somewhat stained with red and with spot of black on breast and band of mixed black and red across upper belly; thighs brown.

Usually in small groups, sometimes up to 6-8 or more birds, that forage in canopy, subcanopy and borders, hopping on larger branches. Often perches in the open early in the morning, but this is much less frequent at other times. Feeds mainly on fruit but some insects and even small lizards, eggs and nestlings are consumed.
Flight level on rapidly beating wings, ending with short glide before landing; often a group straggles along single-file, following much the same flight patch across a clearing.

Most frequent call a loud, arresting, high-pitched and squeaky ‘ksísik’ or ‘ksiyík’.

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Hi Peter,

Fantastic picture of this hornbill with great details & colors.
The sharpness is great here & nice eye contact. Nice composition too.
Well done & TFS.

Hello Peter Very great & Fantastic shot . best colors . good distance and I like it

Bonjour Peter,
Belle couleurs pour cet oiseau à la netteté irréprochable.
Belle composition d'image.

Hello Peter,
wow, what a fantastic shot of this beautiful bird with good sharpness and wonderful colours. I especially like the splendid details and the very good eye contact.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of a very, very interesting bird.
Lovely natural colors, splendid composition and very good details.
Thanks for sharing!

Superb photo, amazing detail, beautiful light. Excellent point of view and compsotion.
What a bird!

Hi Peter,
amazing photo of this bird. Great point of view and composition. Really beautiful colours. Perfect sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

Maf beast, mooie kleuren en foto, je bent wel op wat rot plekken geweest in deze wereld :)


Hallo Peter,
a fantastic portrait, excellent point of view, very good swharpness andmarvellous colours, a great eye contact.
Bestg regards

Another amazing bird from you Peter! Beautiful photo with good composition and impressive sharpness. The colours are fantastic.

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic bird, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-13 11:22]

Hello Peter.
Very attractive composition of this exotic bird, vivid and beautiful colours and very good sharpness.
Best regards Siggi

hallo Peter
super mooie vogel
wat een mooie snavel met mooie kleuren er op
De vogel heeft ook aprte kleuren
heel bijzonder
bedankt groetjes lou

Ciao Peter.
Che bella foto di questo uccello mai visto prima,molto belli i colori grande la nitidezza,ottino punto di scatto complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie dela comdivisione.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-13 14:40]

Hello Peter,
Very funny pose of this bird.Great sharpness,colors and excellent composition...Have a nice Friday!...

What a wonderful, sharp, clear and wonderfully colourful rendition of this bird from a very nice POV! I have seen some Araçari in Costa Rica and you have definitely done it justice in this image! TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-13 15:29]

Hi Peter,spectacular bird and fantastic pic,no needs comments,it's a magnificent pic taken in a great quality,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-13 18:30]

Hello Peter,
An attractive image of this particular species of toucans. With such a short neck you have to wonder how they manage to carry such a large bill without getting tired.
Love the beautiful colors and fine detail you managed to capture. He is sitting up there so proudly, as if he enjoyed you taking his picture. Well done!!

Hi Peter,
great bird with impressive bill and well taken!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-10-14 3:41]

Hi Peter.
What a lovely bird and nice picture. Tree branch pattern colourfull BG is wonderful addition to the fine image of the attractive bird. Terrific details and colours. Well done.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-14 8:10]

Hello Peter,
It was a good idea to dig in your archives and to show this impressive bird from Ecuador. What a beak, looks like a saw! Perfect sharpness and well chosen decentred composition. Most intersting bird!
Have a nice weekend

Hello Peter,

A fine & profiled composition of this Araçari. The pure, saturated plumage hues are amazing & the green bokeh is perfectly contrasting & complimentary to the main subject. Impressive focus & fine angled POV to show the best features of this very unusual & beautiful bird.



Sensacinal... e impresionante toma Peter.
Bien plasmados los colores y la luz. Buena sensación de volomen.
Toda una captura !!

Abrazo: J. Ignasi.

oh my gosh i LOVE THIS SHOT..my favorite today! GREAT CAPTURE he almost doesn't look real!!!!

great capture, greetings Ori

Bonjour Peter,
Très bon angle de prise de vue dans une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la délicatesse des couleurs et la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2011-10-16 0:20]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful picture !
TFS Tina

amazing and incredible bird!
very well done! Salut, Ferran

Hi Peter, What an extraordinary bird you have captured here my good friend, unusual serrated upper beak, ominous looking creature hmmm, superb sharpness with good detail and clarity, fabulous effort here Peter and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-10-18 3:51]

Hello Peter,
just simply fantastic!!
The colours and the sharpness isso marvellous.
the image is so pretty.
well presented in every aspect.


Hello Peter,
A very nice photo of this beautiful bird, fantastic colours, great details sharpness and very nice pleasing background, very well taken,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hello Peter,

Well, that is some beak..!!
Must give the bird some problems with balance in-flight hehehe...
However this is a well balanced pose in the tree, excellent details seen from a fine point of view!

Pablo -

Hi Peter,
Extraordinary IBHO with fantastic colours, superb sharpness and aan stunning BG reflecting beautiful colours. Fantastic samenstelling my friend.

Hi Peter, your tucano is really beautiful, lovely colors and details for this wonderful subject,

congratulations !

ciao, tino

Hello Peter,
Great macro. Very interesting bird. It has an incredibly large and massive beak in relation to the whole body.
Thanks for the sharing.

Ciao Peter. Great pic from the low POV. Wonderful colours and impressive focus. Best compliments.


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-11-03 7:40]

I had almost missed this one.
Amazing bird.
Fine full body view.

Hi Peter, what a beautiful shot of this bird. It has wonderful sharpness and detail. You did a great job capturing it. Have a great New Year, Bill

An excellent shot of an interesting subject. Wonderful colors and brilliant sharpness.


Hello Peter

Great close-up photo of this exotic and expressive bird,
fine POV and appropriate vertical and tight framing,
beautiful eye-contact with you, TFS


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-12-14 16:55]

Hi Peter
Good picture of this exotic bird.
The branch and the bg work well.


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