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Red vented bulbul

Red vented bulbul
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Copyright: kapil koltharkar (kapildk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 32 N: 502] (3197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon coolpix L110
Exposure: f/5.4
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-25 2:55
Viewed: 2989
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) is a member of the bulbul family of passerines. It is resident breeder across the Indian Subcontinent, including Sri Lanka extending east to Burma and parts of Tibet. It has been introduced in many other parts of the world and has established itself in the wild on several Pacific islands including Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Hawaii. It has also established itself in parts of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. It is included in the list of the world's 100 worst invasive alien species.

The Red-vented Bulbul is easily identified by its short crest giving the head a squarish appearance. The body is dark brown with a scaly pattern while the head is darker or black. The rump is white while the vent is red. The black tail is tipped in white. The Himalayan races have a more prominent crest and are more streaked on the underside. The Race intermedius of the Western Himalayas has a black hood extending to the mid-breast. Population bengalensis of Central and Eastern Himalayas and the Gangetic plain has a dark hood, lacks the scale like pattern on the underside and instead has dark streaks on the paler lower belly. Race stanfordi of the South Assam hills is similar to intermedius. The desert race humayuni has a paler brown mantle. The nominate race cafer is found in Peninsular India. Northeast Indian race wetmorei is between cafer, humayuni and bengalensis. about 20 cm in length, with a long tail. Sri Lankan race haemorrhous (=haemorrhousus) has a dark mantle with narrow pale edges. Race humayuni is known to hybridize with Pycnonotus leucogenys and these hybrids were once described as a subspecies magrathi marked by their pale rumps and yellow-orange or pink vents.[9] In eastern Myanmar there is some natural hybridization with Pycnonotus aurigaster.
P. leucogenys x P. c. humayuni hybrid (magrathi)Sexes are similar in plumage, but young birds are duller than adults. The typical call has been transcribed as ginger beer but a number of sharp single note calls likened as pick are also produced. Their alarm calls are usually responded to and heeded by many other species of bird.
Melanistic as well as leucistic individuals have been noted.

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beautifully taken, good lighting and framing. tfs.

Good shot from the frontal POV, Kapil.
The red vent is very much in view to prove the veracity of this Bulbul.

Hello Kapil
Interesting bird and beautiful photo with good composition and nice colours.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-25 13:55]

Hello Kapil,
A photo in beautiful light and colours. Nice POV with eye contact. Good composition.

Bonjour Kapil,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-26 6:35]

Good composition and the colors are good. tfs.

Hello Kapil,
nice capture of this interesting bird with a lovely pose on the little branch and natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Kapil
very beautiful capture with your camera limitation, i like it.
best wishes.

Hallo Kapil,
As Samiran mention, a well captured shot with your camera limitations. Beautiful pose, placing and colours. Personally I would have removed the little OOF branch in the foreground, but hey, this is your shot and well done.
Best regards,

Hello kapil,
A lovely picture of this bird, good eye-contact, nice colours and great composition,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Ciao Kapil, lovely bird in nice pose, beautiful natural ambientation, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-06-19 0:33]

Hi Kapil.
You managed to picture a very cute bird at a very nice surroundings. Keaf and tree barncg pattern create a wonderful canvas for the bird. Exposure of the shot is very good. Black feathers are reproduced very well. TFS and kind regards.

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