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The Red-vented Bulbul

The Red-vented Bulbul
Photo Information
Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-12 4:26
Viewed: 3231
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Myanmar and southwestern China, and has been introduced to Fiji and Hawaii. It is also common in urban parts of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

This is a bird of scrub, open forest, plains and cultivated lands. It builds its nest in a bush; two or three eggs is a typical clutch.

Red-vented Bulbul is about 20cm in length, with a long tail. It has brown or black upperparts, with a white rump. The breast is brown or black, and the rest of the underparts are white apart from the red around the vent. The head and small crest are black.

Sexes are similar in plumage, but young birds are duller than adults. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like.

There are a number of regional variations in plumage, mainly with respect to the upperpart and breast colour. Red-vented Bulbuls feed on fruit, nectar and insects.

The Red-vented Bulbul is incapable of synthesizing vitamin C. It shares this feature with a very limited number of other animals, among which are certain fruit bats and primates (including humans) as well as the guinea pig.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Pycnonotidae

Genus: Pycnonotus

Species: P. cafer

Binomial name
Pycnonotus cafer
(Linnaeus, 1766)

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Hi Bro!
Perfect shot of this Red-vented Bulbul. Excelent details, nice colours and good composition indeed. TFS friend!

Well seen and deftly captured image of a Red-vented Bulbul, Goldy.
Maybe the focus is a bit soft, but the main features of this bird are clearly demarked.

Great shot, Goldy!

Hello Goldy,
Beautiful pose of the Bulbul here!
Good Dof with a wonderful bg colouration against the sujbect!
good clarity as a whole in beautiful lighting

Bellissima immagine, ottima composizione, le tue foto sono interessanti con uno stile molto personale e di tipo pittorico. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi goldi,
Sunny bg does it good by the dark bird.
Good composition and beautiful colors.
Also a good note.

Regards Gert

Nice Shot Sir......

Hi Goldy, beautiful composition with lovely bird, wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-13 11:05]

Fire! Hello Goldy, I am glad to be back and see your beautiful picture. The composition here is great, I really like the branch crossing from down to the upper side of the frame, it is original and very efficient and beautiful. I have never seen such a bird, it is a superb bird and I like the straight look in the lens, congratulations, another beautiful picture, original with a super eye in the back of the lens.


nice shot sir

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-23 21:13]

Hello Goldy

This is a lovely capture of this bulbul.
The warm lighting and colours are beautiful.
Very good focus and detail.
The shot is well composed.


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