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Red-vented Bulbul

Red-vented Bulbul
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Copyright: Sowmya Vallabhajosyula (sowmyav82) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 36] (258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi, Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-24 8:09
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Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am back to trek nature after a very long time. Life caught up with me, now I am able to get back to my favorite hobby. This was taken in Sanjeeviah Park, Hyderabad.

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 Burma and southwestern China.

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. Race bengalensis of Central and Eastern Himalayas and the Gangetic plain has dark hood without scales with dark streaks on the lower belly. Race stanfordi of the South Assam hills is similar to intermedius. The desert race humayuni from a paler brown mantle. The nominate race cafer is found in Peninsular India. Northeast Indian race wetmorei is between cafer, humayuni and bengalensis. about 20cm in length, with a long tail. Sri Lankan race haemorrhous has a dark mantle with narrow pale edges. Race humayuni is known to hybridize with Pycnonotus leucogenys and these hybrids have been named by the race magrathi which have pale rumps and yellow-orange or pink vents.
Sexes are similar in plumage, but young birds are duller than adults.

Courtesy Wikipedia

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-07-24 9:13]

Hola Sowmya: Una hermosa toma de una gran especie. Excelente definicón y contraste en un hermoso entorno...saludos.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-07-24 12:55]

nice capture of the cute bulbul! :-) sharpness and details are very good as well as the pose, love the
eye-contact and the interesting branch. well done & best wishes, thor.

Hello Sowmya,

A good take of the Red-Vented Bulbul. NIce composition and good colours. The branches have matched its plumage too.


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