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Copyright: Stephan Duchesne (iglootrek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 10 N: 460] (1623)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, CMOS ISO 200
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animal portraits, Toucans, Zoo animals, Birds in Brazil 2, Colourful Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-29 0:13
Viewed: 7184
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture of a Channel-billed Toucan was taken at the Bird Park (Parque das Aves) in Foz do Iguacu in Brazil.

The Bird Park has more than 900 birds of 150 species. The majority of them are Brazilian birds. A third of these species are endangered. All birds seen in the Park originate from zoos, breeders authorized by IBAMA or rehabilitation centres. The Bird Park does not accept birds of unknown origin. All animals are registered and an annual report is given to the Brazilian Zoological Society and IBAMA.
Some of the birds are rehabilitated but cannot be returned to nature.

Personally for any lover of birds and photographer this park deserve a visit because of the amount of possibilities to capture on film a lot of different colorful species flying around you in the large walkthrough aviaries.

I wish my visit would have been longer in the park but I only had less than an hour to visit it before closing. For this picture, I had to use the flash because it was getting darker and because this funny bird was standing in a dark spot. I gave more light, crop and sharpened the picture for posting.

Scientific name: Ramphastos vitellinus
French: Toucan ariel
Portugese: Tucano-de-bico-preto
Spanish: Diostedé pico acanelado
Dutch: Groefsnavel toekan
Surinamese: Blakanoso

The Channel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus) is a near-passerine (Warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings) bird which breeds in Trinidad and in tropical South America east of the Andes and as far south as southern Brazil. The western form of this bird, the Yellow-ridged Toucan, was previously considered to be a separate species, Ramphastos culminatus, but the two races readily interbreed.

This species is a resident breeder in moist lowland forest. The white eggs are laid in a high unlined tree cavity.

Like other toucans, the Channel-billed is brightly marked and has a huge bill. It is typically 48cm long with a 9-14cm bill. Sexes are similar. The eastern nominate race has a black bill, upperparts and tail, and a red rump. The bare eyepatch and bill base are blue, the throat is white and the breast shows successive bands of yellow, whitish and red before reaching the black belly. The undertail is black apart from red undertail coverts.

The subspecies culminatus has a yellow top ridge to its black bill, and the throat and breast are white, with just a red band separating the latter from the black belly.

The Channel-billed Toucan is an arboreal fruit-eater, but will take insects and other small prey. The call is a croaking cree-op cree-op cree-op.

For my french speaking fellows all the complete information about this bird can be found on oiseaux.net

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-29 2:05]

The colors are stunning, Stephan, and I like the POV very much, with his head turned slightly to the side. Very sharp details and a great capture. Well done and TFS. : )

Great shot Stephan, brilliant colour saturation, a great angle and excellent note.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-29 6:07]

Wow, orgy of colours! Beautifull capture, nice bird. I like its pose and colour of eye. Great job!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-29 9:01]

Hello Stephan,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • alexbf (61)
  • [2005-10-29 9:16]

Cool le toucan! On dirait qu'il prend la pose pour toi! ;)

Les couleurs sont une fois de plus complètement hallucinantes. Le focus sur sa tête est parfait.


Stephan, this is a great photo. Great colours, excellent sharpness, a very nice composition. TFS.

Hi Stephan,
This is a very nice Toucan.
The sharpness of the eye is really grabbing your eyes.
The color contrast between the red, the yellow and the blue is very good.
This is a photogenic bird !
Bravo !

Hi Stephan,
These are some eye popping colors on this Toucan. Superb detail in the head, with a nice falloff on the DOF. Well done!

This is a nice close-up of a toucan. This is one of my favorites this is an Ariel Toucan that is related to the Channel-Bill Toucan. Paul :)

Wonderful photo Stephan!

Colors are so vibrant, details sharp, POV interesting.

Stunning eye and contact.

Well done and thank you.

Hi Stephan

This is a great shot. You have composed it extremely well. The light was in your favour. Sharpness and clarity are spot on. Nice work. Thanks.

It sounds like a great place Stephan. You've done very well here under difficult low-light. Excellent information. Well done & Thank You.

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2005-11-01 4:13]

Wuauuu! linda ave, espectaculares cores! Excelente definição e composição. Parabéns pelo trabalho e pelo modelo.
Saudações fotográficas,

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-01 20:32]

Appréciation personnelle pour la photo: très bonne.
Pouvoir d'évocation en moi: fort.
Très bon impact visuel.
Pertinence de la photo pour le site: excellente.
Appréciation personnelle pour la note: complète.
Merci Stephan.

It's a lovely shot!

Can't type much... can look and click though... sorry for the short comment.

This is one spectacular bird, Stephan, and you have done a great job of capturing it. The flash illuminated the toucan without distracting highlights. Color is amazing.

Hi Stephan !!

Stunning picture, very well composed and colorful. Awesome color mix and DOF.


Stephan this is excelent shot. coloures are even litel too strong ;-)
Good work, clerare and bright. Bravo

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