Cherrie's Tanager -female-
|Copyright: Luis Vargas (Chiza)
|Date Taken: 2010-03-07|
|Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-03-13 8:59|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]|
Binomial name:Ramphocelus costaricensis
The Cherrie's Tanager, Ramphocelus costaricensis, is a medium-sized passerine bird. This tanager is a resident breeder in the Pacific lowlands of Costa Rica and western Panama. This bird was formerly known as the Scarlet-rumped Tanager, but was split as a separate species from the Caribbean form, which was itself renamed as Passerini's Tanager, Ramphocelus passerinii. While most authorities have accepted this split, there are notable exceptions (e.g. the Howard and Moore checklist).
Cherrie's Tanager is very common from sea level to 1200 m altitude, and occurs occasionally up to 1700 m. The preferred habitat is semi-open areas including light second growth, woodland edges, gardens and pasture with bushes. The cup nest is built up to 6 m high in a tree. The normal clutch is two pale blue or grey eggs, marked with black, brown or lilac. This species will sometimes raise two broods in a season.
The adult Cherrie's Tanager is 16 cm long and weighs 31 g. The adult male is mainly black except for a scarlet rump, silvery bill and dark red iris. The female has a grey head, olive upperparts, orange rump, brownish wings and tail, and ochre underparts with a broad orange breast band. The female plumage is the one that differs most from Passerini's Tanager. Immatures resemble the adult female, but with a less orange breast.
Cherrie's Tanagers occur in pairs, small groups, or as part of a mixed-species feeding flock, and up to a dozen birds may roost together in dense thickets at night. This species feeds on small fruit, usually swallowed whole, insects and spiders.
The Cherrie's Tanager’s call is a sharp wac. Its song consists of a few clear pleasant notes, delivered in longer phrases than that of its Caribbean relative.
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- [2010-03-13 9:03]
Very well pose of these bird.
Splendid plumage, sharpness and clarity are superb.
Good captured, and lovely composed. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
- [2010-03-13 9:07]
What a great little Cherrie's Tanager!
Details and colors are fantastic!
Trčs belle prise de cet oiseau exotique, trčs belle couleur et attitude du sujet, bravo
Esta foto te resultó sublimemente nítida, buen trabajo!... además el ave está captada en una pose con atractiva cadencia y buen despliegue natural de detalles. Atractivo resultado, Gracias por compartir... Saludos desde Venezuela, Que tengas buen Domingo en unión de tu familia.
- [2010-03-20 17:01]
Estoy aquí de nuevo.
La luz, los detalles, BG, la parte superior.
Una composición de clase alta, felicitaciones.
- [2010-03-20 20:11]
What a wonderful image of this beautiful little bird. This is one that I'm not at all familiar with, but would love to be able to view someday. The detail is fine and the colors are natural and very pleasing to the eye. Well done!!