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Violet-crowned Woodnmph -male-

Violet-crowned Woodnmph -male-
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Copyright: Luis Vargas (Chiza) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-09
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-12 16:57
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Points: 18
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Violet-crowned Woodnymph

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Scientific classification
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Trochiliformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Thalurania
Species:T. colombica
Binomial name: Thalurania colombica
(Bourcier, 1843)

The Violet-crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica), also known as the Purple-crowned Woodnymph, is a medium-sized hummingbird found from Guatemala and Belize to northern Colombia and western Venezuela. It formerly included the Mexican and Green-crowned Woodnymphs as subspecies. Alternatively, all have been considered subspecies of the Fork-tailed Woodnymph.

The Violet-crowned Woodnymph is a common to abundant bird of wet lowlands and foothills to 2500 m, and may move higher when not breeding. The female Violet-crowned Woodnymph is entirely responsible for nest building and incubation. She lays two white eggs in a plant-fibre cup nest 1-5 m high on a horizontal branch. Incubation takes 15-19 days, and fledging another 20-26.

The adult male Violet-crowned Woodnymph is 10.2 cm long and weighs 4.5 g. It has a violet crown, upper back, shoulders and belly, a shiny green throat and breast, green lower back, and a deeply forked blue-black tail. The female is 8.4-9 cm long and weighs 3.5 g. She is bright green above and duller green below, with a grey throat and breast. Her tail is rounded, mainly green near the body but with a blue-black lower half and white corners. Young males lack any violet or iridescence and are bronze-coloured below. Immature females have buff fringes on the feathers of the nape, face and rump. The call is a high-pitched fast kip.

The food of this species is nectar, taken from a variety of flowers. Males feed in the canopy, where their food plants include epiphytic Ericaceae and bromeliads, and defend flowers and scrubs in their feeding territories. Females stay in the understory. After breeding, both sexes may concentrate at Heliconias. Like other hummingbirds, Violet-crowned Woodnymph also takes small insects and spiders as an essential source of protein.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-12 18:45]
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Hi Luis,
very nicely composed with superbs colour.
The clarity is wonderful and this macro work is splendid.
Well presented in lively features.


amazing closeup, TFS Ori

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-13 0:28]
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Hi Luis,

Superbs colour.

Wow Luis, you must have taken this in a bright day. Nice presentation of colors. Sharpness might be a little off. Was it cause by cropping to much in? TFS


Hoa Luis, Buenos dias,
Excelente foto, veo que la hiciste con zoom y la has recortado con excelente gusto. Lo más loable es la forma como has logrado mantener las texturas del plumaje, son excelentes! eso no es usual en fotos con zoom (de compactas y bridges) generosamente recortadas!... esa Sony tuya tiene varias cualidades que tú explotas muy bien!
Yo, para lograr algo similar tengo que desaturar colores (-25%) e incrementar el contraste (+ 1/3) y nunca bajar de f/4.3 porque pierdo resolución.

Saludos / Gracias por compartir,

Excelente nota anexa!


hello Luis
super picture with great details and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Hola, Luis:
Otra excelente foto.
Qué colores tan maravillosos,
lograste captar ese famoso tornasolado que tienen las plumas de estas aves y eso es bastante complicado.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-19 12:17]
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Hello Luis,
The beauty of this species comes shining through with your excellent camera work. Thank you Luis for sharing this outstanding image.

Hi Luis,
wow, these colours are amazing, I wonder that a single bird can glitter so wonderful ;-)
Excellent quality in this shot, IMO it's not easy to make a good shot of a reflecting, metallic animal and you did it very well, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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