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Pink-throated Twinspots

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In Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland the rare Pink-throated Twinspot hunts for seed and insects. While not threatened globally, the Twinspot is Near-threatened in South Africa and Swaziland, due to its small distribution range. Both habitat destruction and the cage-bird trade (an estimated 2000 birds are thought to be exported from Mozambique every year) are leading factors in its decline.

While both adults have distinctive white spots below the wings and chest, the males have pinkish throats, face and breasts with brown crowns. The females have grey-brown throats, breasts and bellies. Juveniles are brown above and pale grey below with no spots.

In Afrikaans, they are called “Rooskeelkolpensie”. The much rarer Pink-throated Twinspot is often mistaken for the Red-throated Twinspot (which has a crimson red marking in the male of the species).

Rendered in Vue 10i with minor postwork. Models: Pink-necked Twinspots (from Cool and Unusual Birds 3)
July 17, 2012
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Jul 17, 2012 9:42:30 pm
Nice one, Ken. Always appreciate the info you provide on your birds

by MNArtist Homepage »

Jul 17, 2012 11:40:46 pm
I can see it will be a must-have bundle! I prefer free to caged birds. If caged - only virtual birds in my computer!

by Kerya Homepage »

Jul 18, 2012 10:12:08 am
Lovely! Now these I have not yet managed to see yet, as a somewhat lapsed twitcher in South Africa - I'm ashamed to say.

by Kinchie Homepage »

Jul 18, 2012 1:54:09 pm
These are wonderful birds! Great scene too!

by Flint_Hawk Homepage »

Jul 18, 2012 7:20:17 pm
fantastic models and textures

by flavia49 Homepage »

Jul 18, 2012 8:16:41 pm
Very cool birds. Your birds are simply the best.

by adorety Homepage »

Jul 19, 2012 6:32:16 pm
Wonderful work as always! This is a very kewl and fun pack you've created! I just saw it is now at Daz! Congrats!

by cwrw Homepage »

Aug 6, 2012 7:47:13 pm
These are such lovely birds. The spots are so unusual. I have not started my conversion yet on this new volume. I look forward to it as I would Christmas. Thanks.

by psyoshida Homepage »


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