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Pycnonotidae @ Bulbuls

Pycnonotidae @ Bulbuls
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron AF 70-300mm Tele-Macro ( 1:2)
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-02-23 2:17
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Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae) are a family of medium-sized passerine songbirds. The family is distributed across most of Africa and into the Middle East, tropical Asia to Indonesia, and north as far as Japan. A few insular species occur on the tropical islands of the Indian Ocean There are about 130 species in around 24 genera. While some species are found in most habitats, overall African species are predominately found in rainforest whilst rainforest species are rare in Asia, instead preferring more open areas. The only Bulbul which occurs in Europe was spotted in the Cyclades and bears a yellow patch, being otherwise of a snuffy brown and this is possibly the bird which has got mixed up with the nightingale in Sufi, particularly Persian Sufi, poetry.
Bulbuls are short-necked slender passerines. The tails are long and the wings short and rounded. In almost all species the bill is slightly elongated and slightly hooked at the end. They vary in length from 13 cm for the Tiny Greenbul to 29 cm in the Straw-headed Bulbul. Overall the sexes are alike, although the females tend to be slightly smaller. In a few species the differences are so great that they have been described as functionally different species. The soft plumage of some species is colourful with yellow, red or orange vents, cheeks, throat or supercilia, but most are drab, with uniform olive brown to black plumage. Species with dull coloured eyes often sport contrasting eyerings. Some have very distinct crests. Bulbuls are highly vocal, with the calls of most species being described as nasal or gravelly. One author described the song of the Brown-eared Bulbul as "the most unattractive noises made by any bird".[1]

Bulbuls eat a wide range of different foods, ranging from fruit to seeds, nectar, small insects and other arthropods and even small vertebrates. The majority of species are frugivorous and supplement their diet with some insects, whilst there is a significant minority of specialists, particularly in Africa. Open country species in particular are generalists. Bulbuls in the genus Criniger and bristlebills in the genus Bleda will join mixed-species feeding flocks.

The bulbuls are generally monogamous. One unusual exception is the Yellow-whiskered Greenbul which at least over part of its range appears to be polygamous and engage in a lekking system. Some species also have alloparenting arrangements, where non-breeders, usually the young from earlier clutches, help raise the young of a dominant breeding pair. Up to five purple-pink eggs are laid in an open tree nests and incubated by the female. Incubation usually lasts between 11–14 days, and chicks fledge after 12–16 days.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-23 2:32]

Hi Foozi,very nice and new specie taken in a very impressive green scenary,perfect to contrast the bird and to create e beautiful composition.Beautiful eye and plums details.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Foozi
Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hello Foozi,
A lovely capture with excellent sharpness, colors and very good focus. Very nice composition, perfect exposure and good light.

Ciao Foozi. Good compo in brigh colours and very good sharp. Intirgant BG.


hello Foozi
very nice pose of this beauty bird
great details and lovely colours
greeting lou

Hi Foozi - the BG is awesome and the pic is looking excellent. Sharpness is fantastic. TFS

Bonjour Foozi,
Agréable publication valorisant relativement bien le sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Foozi, very nice with other capture a clean image of the perfect. Also very extensive notes. All the best, Paul

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-02-23 8:55]

Hi Foozi,
Very beautiful and different bird,great photo with excellent sharpness,colors and taken from very good POV.
TFS and regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-23 9:17]

Hello Foozi,
A very fine portrait of a Yellow-vented Bulbul, Pycnonotus goiavier. The sharpness is perfect and the POV shows most of its features with fine natural colours in a very nice composition against a blurred green BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Foozi,
you really are versatile in your art. A very beautiful bulbul with excellent composition and standing out so sharply against the background. Truly splendid. Well done.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-23 10:30]

Hello Foozi,
A lovely clean capture of the Bulbul.Very good DOF, excellent color and light, very good focus. Best regards Siggi

Hi Foozi,
very nice warm background. Interesting shot of this beautiful bird. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing.

Ciao Fozi, beautiful diagonal composition with lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful capture of this Bulbul taken from a very good POV with fine details and beautiful natural colours, very well composed
Best rgards

Buena composición y distribución de los elementos, creando así
un armónico conjunto. De admirar la rareza de la especie para mí.
Saludos Foozi: Josep Ignasi.

salam akhi Foozi
what a beautiful Bulbul species and its great capture from lateral POV and against blurry BG. it nicely conctrasted to the pretty bird. eyes contact, focus, POV/DOF and coloration great. nicely composed and framed.
"Bulbul" is originally Arabic word, but we use it as Turkish word in same meaning and also for some passerine birds with beautiful sounds (especially Luscinia megarhynchos). Sometime we established similarity between this bird and good singers and so we use "bülbül" for them:)
Lastly, we have single Pycnonotus species (P. xanthopygos) here. This is new to me.
thanks for sharing this beauty.
best regards

hello Foozi

excellent photo of this species of Bulbul,
with fine POV and framing with leaving that
good free space, beautiful and vivid light
of the image and background color tones,
great focus sharpness and details,
beautiful eye-contact with the catch-light
that render the photo better and more beautiful,



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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2011-02-23 23:56]

Hi Foozi,
A very interesting contrast between your subject and the BG.The little song bird standing out very well.

Hello Foozi,

I like the composition with the strong diagonal lines!
Accurate DoF makes the bird stand out with a fine 3D effect on the blurry background, amazing deep green...
Sharp fine details in the plumage, good eye contact!

Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-28 7:57]

Hi Foozi.
Wonderful bird picture. Captured creature, crisp sharp tree twigs, splendid BG, bright sun light create an amazing subject. Bravo.

Hi Foozi,

The branches are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Bulbul. The blurry background is putting in evidence the bird. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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