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Channel-billed Toucan

Channel-billed Toucan
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2011-10-20
Categorias: Birds
Câmara: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposição: f/4.2, 1/60 segundos
Details: Tripod: Yes
Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
Tema(s): Very well documented! [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2011-11-21 6:24
Visto: 3617
Pontos: 69
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
The Channel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus) is a near-passerine bird which breeds in Trinidad and in tropical South America as far south as southern Brazil and central Bolivia.

This is the Ramphastos vitellinus vitellinus, photographed in Weltvogelpark Walsrode, Germany

Like other toucans, the Channel-billed is brightly marked and has a huge bill. It is typically 48 cm long with a 9–14 cm bill. It weighs 300-430 grams
• Nominate race (R. v. vitellinus): Its upperparts, belly, tail and most of the bill are black, and the uppertail and undertail coverts are red. The bare eye-patch and bill base are blue, the throat is white, most of the central breast is yellow-orange fading to white laterally and the lower breast sharply contrasts with a broad transverse red band. The iris is dark brownish. It is found in the north-eastern part of this species' range.
• Race culminatus: It resembles the nominate, but has a yellow base of the upper mandible and ridge to its bill, orange-yellow uppertail coverts and the throat and breast are white (occasionally tinged yellow), with just a narrow red band separating the latter from the black belly. It occurs in the eastern and south-central part of this species' range. It is very similar to, and easily confused with, Cuvier's Toucan (Ramphastos tucanus cuvieri).
• Race ariel: It resembles the nominate, but the base of its bill is yellow, the skin around the pale blue eye is red and the entire throat and chest are orange. It occurs in the south-east Amazon. The unnamed population from the coastal regions of eastern Brazil is virtually identical.
• Race citreolaemus. It resembles culminatus, but with a clear yellow tinge to the throat, a green tinge to the othewise yellow culmen, a yellow-orange patch at the very base of the bill, and a pale bluish iris. It occurs in northern Colombia and north-western Venezuela.
Wherever the distributions of the subspecies meet, individuals with features that are intermediate compared to above described races are common due to hybridization. Some of these intermediate populations have sometimes been awarded subspecies status, e.g. theresae for the population in north-eastern Brazil and pintoi for populations in south-central Brazil (both are culminatus-ariel intergrades).

Found in forest and woodland. Prefers humid regions, but locally extends into drier regions (esp. along rivers). Mainly in lowlands, but locally to an altitude of 1700 m (5600 ft).

This species is an arboreal fruit-eater, but will take insects and small reptiles, eggs and nestlings of other birds and frogs. The call is a croaking "cree-op cree-op cree-op".

The parents are both active in raising the young. The white eggs are laid in a high unlined tree cavity. There is have a gestation period of 18 days, and the parents both incubate for 15 to 16 days. However, they can be impatient sitters, often leaving their eggs uncovered for hours at a time. Newborn toucans remain in the nest after hatching. They are blind and naked at birth, and their eyes open after about 3 weeks. They have short bills and specialized pads on their heels to protect them from the rough floor of the nest. The feathers do not begin to expand until they are nearly 4 weeks old. They are helpless and unable to leave the nest for about 8 weeks, dependent upon both parents to feed them. After this, the young can care for themselves. They begin to leave the nest after 40 to 50 days, depending on size.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
Ook toevallig zo naast elkaar
Je hebt vandaag wel een heel kleurrijke vogel
super scherp en veel details zoals hij zijn kop gedraaid houdt
bedankt groetjes lou

Ciao Peter, superb portrait of fantastic toucan, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-21 7:10]

Hi Peter!
Great close-up of Tucano. Marvellous vivid colours. Splendid light, which also reflected on the eye.
Excellent details and splendid colorful BG.
Very well done.
Ciao! Vanda

Hi Peter,
Perfect close-up.
Sharp and wonderful colors.

One cannot but feel joy when looking at this bird.
It has the most wonderful palette of colours.
Good detail and composition and nice eye contact.
regards yiannis

Amazing bird and fantastic portrait Peter! Excellent pose of the bird, good composition, amazing colours, wonderful lighting and perfect focus.

Hello Peter
interesting species indeed and wonderful addition to your collection. The image however is covered with a blue cast .. the dark plumage of the bird seems strangely unnatural, I think, its suppose to be black isn't it? The shadows on the bird's beak for example seems also washed a bit, well in the workshop I have fixed to some degrees the mentioned issues.Hope you like it Peter. Thank you for sharing ...
george veltchev

Hello Peter
Excellent photo! the compozition the colours and the sharpness are excellent.
Best regards

Hello Peter,
Excellent image with perfect focus and razor sharp details.
The clarity, colors and and POV are great.
As usual a wonderful bird portrait.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Peter,
amazing colours of this bird. Great composition. Perfect point of view. Also very good background.
Have a nice week,

Mooie kleuren op deze fraaie vogel


Ciao Peter. Impressive focused eye and wonderful colours MF! Indeed well done.


Hello Peter,
What a colourful bird you have captured here. Details, composition and POV are great. Well done!

Hi Peter,
beautiful coloured Channel-billed Toucan,
best regards, Ferran

Hi Peter,gorgeous shot of this incredible interesting bird .TFS

Hello Peter,
fine capture of this Toucan with good sharpness and wonderful colours. I especially like the great eye contact.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6173 W: 89 N: 15291] (64016)
  • [2011-11-21 15:38]

Hi Peter,spectacular specie and magnificent portrait whit the best sharpness and colors in a difficult light,the tripos helps you for this magnificent result.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Peter,
Like viewed with naked eyes!...
You post shots of Our (Venezuela) birds wich we rarely can view, because this live in our jungle!... (I like in central North regios, near of 450 km far of this bird's live)... Then, I have a great luck viewing your shots!... :)

Hi Peter,
Excellent photo presentation of this Bird, Channel-billed Toucan, great sharp and colorful photo, useful presentation, TFS!

rich colors, incredible creature, nice photo performance!
regards Nasos

Hi Peter, Fabulous capture of this fine species of bird, awesome detailed sharpness and what lovely natural colours, superb available light control and nice catch-lighted eye, great effort here Peter and very well done,
Best Regards,


PS Great informative notes,

Peter, this is a great shot of the toucan. Excellent POV and detail. Thanks for commenting on my Barn Owl. Have a great week, Bill

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 816 W: 0 N: 2394] (10510)
  • [2011-11-22 10:39]

Hallo Peter,
Fantastic portrait of a bird ..
Nice colours and good focus.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-22 10:57]

Hello Peter,
this is a very nice and colourful shot. I like the POV and the focus is very good too. Very well done.
Best regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-22 11:39]

Hi Peter!
Very nice image. Gorgeous light and colours,excellent detail and perfectly sharp photo.
Regards Jiri.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-23 1:10]

Bonjour Peter, un joli Toucan sans aller au Brésil!!! bon cadrage et perfect DOF. Brillant colors and I like the reflect on the eye. Les petites taches jaunes du BG me gênent un peu et rappellent trop fortement la même couleur du poitrail de l'oiseau. Bonne journée, Didier.

Hello Peter,
A very good captured of this colourful bird, excellent clarity, beautiful sharpness, lovely eye-contact and wonderful colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hello Peter, another great shot this picture. A great light and great details distinguish this photo. All the best, Paolo

Hallo Peter,
Truly magnificent!!! Beautiful colours defined in superb sharpness/detail, light balance and reflection in the eye. Absolutely fantastic!!!!
Best regards,

The operation was a success and thanks for your thoughts.

Hallo Peter,
Echt prachtig!!! Mooie kleuren die in buitengewoon scherpte/detail, lichte saldo en bezinning in het oog worden bepaald. Absoluut fantastisch!!!!
Vriendelijke groeten, Carl
PS. De verrichting was een succes en dank voor uw gedachten.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2011-11-23 22:40]

Hello Peter,
I have photographed this species of Toucan at a distance long before digital times in Trinidad, so its nice to see this close portrait that really shows the channel in the bill.
Excellent sharpness and natural colours with excellent use of the low lighting.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Peter,
Beautiful presentation of this lovely Toucan. Colors are well saturated and fine details are clearly recorded. Very well done.

Hello Peter,
This is amazing birds, Coloorfull billy :)
Very good detalis and nice birds.
Good share.
Thanks for this beautiful share.
Have a good day dear Friend.

Hi Peter,
great capture of lovely Tucan with wonderful colors and splendid sharpness,

A stunning portrait again, Peter. This Toucan is an extremely handsome bird with so many lively and lovely colours on it. It would be an affront to your creativity to nit-pick on this picture, but then there are quite a few megalomaniac busy-bodies here these days . . . Well, less said the better.
Warm regards.

Hi Peter,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Channel-billed Toucan. It is sharp and clear. The light is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Peter

Excellent portrait photo of this Toucan
with his beautiful eye-contact, fine POV,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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