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Pied Bushchat male

Pied Bushchat male
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Copyright: Arjun Haarith (Arjun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-01 9:58
Viewed: 4090
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata) is a small passerine bird found ranging from West and Central Asia to South and Southeast Asia. About sixteen subspecies are recognized through its wide range with many island forms. It is a familiar bird of countryside and open scrub or grassland where it is found perched at the top of short thorn trees or other shrubs, looking out for insect prey. They pick up insects mainly from the ground, and were, like other chats, placed in the thrush family Turdidae, but are now considered as Old World flycatchers.

They nest in cavities in stone walls or in holes in an embankment, lining the nest with grass and animal hair. The males are black with white shoulder and vent patches whose extent varies among the subspecies. Females are predominantly brownish while juveniles are speckled.

The Pied Bushchat is slightly smaller than the Siberian Stonechat, Saxicola maurus, although it has a similar dumpy structure and upright stance. The male is black except for a white rump, wing patch and lower belly. The iris is dark brown, the bill and legs black. The female is drab brown and slightly streaked. Juveniles have a scaly appearance on the underside but dark above like the females.

A number of races have been described:

* nominate caprata (Linnaeus, 1766) is found in Luzon and Mindoro, in the Philippines.
* rossorum (Hartert, 1910) is found in NE Iran SC Kazakhstan S to Afghanistan and Baluchistan; migrant in SW Asia

The Pied Bushchat is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from the Greater Middle East through Pakistan, India and Bangladesh eastwards to Indonesia. They colonized Papua New Guinea around 1950

he populations in India also appear to show seasonal changes but movements are unclear. In Karwar on the western coast, it is said to appear in October and stay till May but not seen during the rainy season.[15] Said to be absent in the Baroda district of Gujarat from April to September.[16] [17] Claud Buchanan Ticehurst noted that it was a summer visitor to Baluchistan leaving in October and further that the birds from Baluchistan were indistinguishable from rossorum of Turkestan

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Saxicola
Species: S. caprata
Binomial name
Saxicola caprata

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-01 10:02]

Hi Arjun. This is a first class picture of the Pied Bushchat. Taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given such bright natural colours. A perfect pose against the plain BG. well done TFS.

Lovely little bird, lovely colors, goos sharpness details.

Hello Arjun,

Great capture.
Colours,light and definition are superb.
Excellent composition.

Hello Arjun,

An oustanding shot of this Pied Bushchat with beautiful coloration, sharpness & details. Great pose & very well done.

TFS & Regards


Hello Arjun,
Excellent photo, lovely natural colours, sharpness and details are perfect.

great sharpness and composition, TFS Ori

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-09-01 12:29]

Hi Arjun,
what a fine and perfect portrait and what an elegant composition you present us here. The wa you do it, even a simple black- and- white bird becomes a real beauty. perfect!
My best regards

Hi Arjun,

A calmly beautiful bird, congratulations, beautiful details, superb dark ang brigth colors and a very special light in the whole. Xtremely suitable composition.



Excellent capture of this Bushchat, Arjun.
I like the catch-light in the eye of the bird.
The image is exceptionally sharp and beautiful.

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  • RDx Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 65] (282)
  • [2009-09-01 19:41]

This is such a perfect shot !! Love the placement of the bird and the perch is amazing !

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-02 1:07]

Hello Arjun,
What a beauty! Fascinating photo of this curious looking Bushchat. Excellent natural colours, sharp details, composition, pose, OOF BG and POV. Great!!!

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