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White-bellied Caique

White-bellied Caique
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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: 2011-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-03-03 8:45
Viewed: 4429
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In 2007 I’ve placed a photo of this bird as a whole. Now a profile.

The White-bellied Parrot (Pionites leucogaster), in aviculture often referred to as the White-bellied Caique, is one of the two species in the genus Pionites of the Psittacidae family; the other species being the allopatric Black-headed Parrot.

It is found in humid forest and nearby wooded habitats in the Amazon south of the Amazon River in Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. It is generally fairly common throughout its range and is easily seen in a wide range of protected areas, such as the Manú National Park and Tambopata-Candamo in Peru, Cristalino State Park (near Alta Floresta), Xingu National Park and Amazônia National Park in Brazil, and Madidi National Park in Bolivia.

The White-bellied Parrot has an orange-yellow head and vent, a white belly, green wings and back, bluish primary feathers, a pinkish-horn beak, and pinkish legs and feet. Juveniles have brownish or black feathers on the head and nape, yellow feathers on the white belly, and greyish legs. Generally, the off-colored feathers will be lost and replaced by orange or white feathers respectively as the bird matures. Young birds also have dark brown irises, which will change to a rust or orange with age.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Peter,
this is a really nice and colourful parrot. Perfect sharpness and very good point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Another impressive portrait Peter!! The composition is excellent, the colours are fantastic and the sharpness is perfect.

hello Peter

WOW ! what a beautiful eye-contact from this Parrot,
lovely portrait shot, with fine POV and framing,
beautiful colorful plumage, great focus sharpness details,



Ciao Peter, wonderful portrait with fantastic colors, splendid details and superb 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)
  • [2011-03-03 11:33]

Hello Peter.
Beautiful and interesting portrait that you have very well done . I like the glance of this lovely White-bellied Parrot. Colors, exposure, POV, DOF and sharpness are very good.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Peter. Magnificent portrait and impressive focus for a cute bright coloured friend. Indeed well done.


Hallo Peter,
what a beautiful portrait of the White-bellied Parrot, superb sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV and a very pleasant composition with a very good visual impact
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-03 12:31]

Hello Peter,
A very fine close portrait of the White-bellied Parrot. The details of the head and upper part of the body are shown from an ideal POV with superb sharpness and natural colours against a contrasting clean dark BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-03 13:23]

Hello Peter,
A very nice portrait with impressive colurs and excellent sharpness.

Hi peter,
The colours of this parrot are fantastic and the photo is very nice.
Top sharpness and good BG.
Thnaks for sharing.
Best regards

Hello Peter
excellent portrait of this parrot, amazing colorful plumage, and you have captured it with so sharp details, the dark grey BG is just perfect and highlight the bird very well
Have a good night

Hola Peter,
hoy miré por encima tu galería y solo veo aves ! Buenos, al menos
lo que publicas lo haces bien.
Esta vez publicas un trabajo lleno de vida por ese bello colorido
del que plasmaste bien las texturas y tonalidades.

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-03-03 15:03]

Hello Peter,
What a lovely parrot with strongs colors in this wonderful portrait.
Really a good job my friend! Nice sharpness, fine details and good presentation. I loved it! Well done!Thanks for sharing and also thanks for the instructive note.
Regards from,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-03 15:37]

Hi Peter,fantastic portrait whit an elegant composition and impressive details and colors.How is nice the red circle around the eye and the metallic green of the plums! Have a nice and thanks,Luciano

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-03-04 0:22]

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo of this beautiful colored Bird, TFS!

hello Peter, wonderful colors performance in this close up portrait!
TFS Nasos

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-03-04 2:59]

Hello Peter,
really a beautiful portrait. how lovely the colors are! I like its multi colors and the lively stare it gives. The eye contact is well shown.
Superb sharpness and dark background gives a good contrast.


Hello Peter, the perfect realization of the first floor. Beautiful colors of this bird and very good focus on the eye of the subject. All the best, Paul

Hello Peter,
What a lovely clarity and perfect details. Amazing contrast against the dark blurred background. Fantastic composition, exposure and light. Thanks for sharing!

hallo Peter
mooie kop met zoveel kleuren en goede details
de scherpte en positie van de kop is helemaal goed
bedankt groetjes lou

Very well captured portrait of this gorgeous White-bellied Parrot, Peter. Superb focus on the eye, and brilliant sharpness settings! Bravo! Have a great weekend my friend!
George Veltchev

Hello Peter!
Love this wonderful image, unique beauty. Pretty one with amazing designs!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-03-06 18:59]

Hello Peter,
Now that I see a close up of this beautiful parrot I'm going to have to check up on a full body photo. What awesome detail and gorgeous colors this bird has. Simply stunning to look at.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-03-07 15:06]

Hi Peter!
Another excellent portrait. This colorful Parrot is lovely :) Great focus and amazing details of the plumage. Perfect esposure and splendid BG.
ciao! Vanda

Hallo Peter,

een mooi portret van deze Caique.
Heb deze vroeger gehouden in een voliere.
Goede scherpte en detailing met mooie wazige achtergrond.
Mooie kleuren.


My dear friend,
Excellent shot here.. Lovely presentation.. Like the composition and the close up.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. Very well done..
Best wishes from India and good morning..

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