Friday, May 6, 2011

Knysna Loerie

I photographed this juvenile Knysna Loerie (Tauraco corythaix) at Birds of Eden outside Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route.  The difference between the juveniles and adult birds is that the adults have white tips along the top of their crests and more white below the eyes. The loeries blend in very well in their forest environment using their camouflaging green feathers.  Normally they hop from branch to branch, but as soon as they open their wings to fly or glide to the next tree that is when you see them.  Their wings are a bright scarlet red underneath which, if you keep your eyes peeled in the forest, is one of the only times that you will spot the bird.  The Loeries, with their distinctive "ko-ko-ko-ko-ko" sound is by far my favorite bird and always a pleasure to see, or even just hear.

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful photo, one of my favourite birds after the falcons. Diane

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  2. That bright red eye-patch is so distinctive on this greenish bird.

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  3. OMG Magnificent! looks like its posing!

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  4. This is a beautiful shot of a stunning bird.

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  5. We have a family nesting in our garden - they are lovely! Believe you spoke to P today!

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