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Common Bulbul

Common Bulbul
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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: 2016-01-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-07-23 6:21
Viewed: 2443
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is a ubiquitous resident breeder throughout Africa. Other names include Black-eyed bulbul and Common Garden Bulbul.

The bulbuls are a widespread family of songbirds, found much over Africa and Asia.
The Common Bulbul has a number of subspecies; some authorities consider P. b. dodsoni (Dodson’s Bulbul), P. b. somaliensis (Somali Bulbul) and P. b. tricolor (Dark-capped Bulbul) as separate species from the nominate P. b. barbatus.

The bill is fairly short and thin, with a slightly downcurving upper mandible. The bill, legs, and feet are black and the eye is dark brown with a dark eye-ring, which is not readily visible.
The dark-capped bulbul is mostly greyish-brown above and whitish-brown below, with a distinctive dark head and pointy crest on top of the head. The back of the head merges into the brown of the back, and the chin is also blackish. The underparts are grey-brown apart from white around the vent (yellow in P. b. tricolor). It is about 18 cm in length, with a long tail. It has a dark brown head and upperparts. Sexes are similar in plumage.

Habitat and breeding
It is a common resident breeder in much of Africa. It is found in woodland, coastal bush, forest edges, riverine bush, montane scrub, and in mixed farming habitats. It is also found in exotic thickets, gardens, and parks.
This species nests throughout the year in the moist tropics, elsewhere it is a more seasonal breeder with a peak in breeding coinciding with the onset of the rainy season. The nest is fairly rigid, thick walled, and cup-shaped. It is situated inside the leafy foliage of a small tree or shrub.
Two or three eggs is a typical clutch. It, like other bulbuls, is parasitised by the Jacobin Cuckoo.

The Black-eyed Bulbul is usually seen in pairs or small groups. It is a conspicuous bird, which tends to sit at the top of a bush. As with other bulbuls they are active and noisy birds. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like. The call is a loud doctor-quick doctor-quick be-quick be-quick.

This species eats fruit, nectar, and insects.

Source: Wikipedia

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Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful lighting BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Mooie Plaat weer Peter,
Lekker scherp en een prachtige achtergrond

TFS Thijs

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-07-23 16:23]

Hi Peter,another great memory from Gambia,absolutely perfect this capture of the common bulbul,i like the pose and the sharpness is very very high,well done! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-07-23 18:25]

Hi Peter
The great macro allows to appreciate the beauty of this bird, not colorful but interesting. Well done.


Hello Peter,
Great image. Excellent details and focus. Indeed a rare moment......
Beautiful image in splendid clarity. It is a lovely specie very well captured.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2016-07-24 11:48]

Hello Peter,
A very fine shot of this interesting Bulbul! Very harmonious coloration and well presented subject. As usual a very interesting note.
Thanks alot!

Hello Peter,
Beautiful photograph of this Bulbul. Very good use if light. Details are well visible and well sharpness. I like beautiful BG too. Good work....
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Peter super scherpe opname met een prachtige achtergrond waardoor de vogel er goed uit komt
kleuren en licht zijn mooi
bedankt gr lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2016-07-26 9:48]

Hello Peter,
What a lovely bird. The plumage colours are lovely. Very good details, tack sharp and a nice little catchlight in the eye.Siggi

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