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Dark-capped Bulbul

Dark-capped Bulbul
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger NP 2009
Date Submitted: 2010-01-31 8:59
Viewed: 5596
Points: 72
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Dark-capped Bulbul / Pycnonotus tricolor

The Dark-capped Bulbul is the 7th in the series of the birds of the Kruger National Park, which I am currently sharing. Enjoy!

Just like the Red-billed Buffalo Weaver this bird was photographed in front of the bungalow where we stayed in the Satara campsite. It was pecking around on the ground together with various other birds like the Crested Barbet, Red-billed Hornbill, Cape Glossy Starling, a variety of doves, some House Sparrows and the Red-billed Buffalo Weaver as mentioned.

The Dark-capped Bulbul belongs to the family of birds classified as Pycnonotidae. According to the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology it is also known by these other names: Common Bulbul, Common Garden Bulbul and Yellow-vented Bulbul. It is neither endemic or near endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common resident, which you may not see in all areas. It is a smallish bird but somewhat larger than a house sparrow. The height of the bird is about 22cm and its weight is about 40 grams. The male and female have the same plumage and colours.

Feeding Habits
It eats a range of fruit, petals, nectar, seeds and arthropods, foraging in groups and using a wide variety of techniques. These include plucking fruit from trees and bushes, probing the flowers of Aloe for nectar, hawking flying insects, hunting for spiders on buildings and picking up fallen fruit. The following food items have been recorded in its diet: Fruit, seeds of Cassia plants, nectar, aloe, Grevillea (silky oaks), White milkwood, petals of Aloe ferox (Bitter aloe), insects and spiders.

Breeding Habitat and Nesting Habits
Monogamous and territorial, with males defending their territories against other males by lowering their wings and head and chasing the intruder. If the confrontation escalates into a fight, the males viciously peck and scratch each other, sometimes interlocking their claws in mid flight and falling to the ground.

The female builds the nest, which is a tidy and well-built cup built of rootlets, dry grass and twigs with an outer layer of spider web, and lined with finer plant material. It is typically placed on a branch or slung between a few twigs, generally concealed towards the edge of the canopy, often found in suburban gardens. Egg-laying season is from July-April, peaking around September-December. It lays 2-3 eggs, which are incubated by the female for about 12-15 days, while the male regularly brings her food at the nest. The chicks are brooded almost constantly by the female at first, but thereafter both adults leave the nest repeatedly in search of food. The young stay in the nest for about 11-16 days, leaving before they can fly. At first they remain huddled together in the tree where the nest is placed, but soon they join their parents in foraging trips.

It can occupy any habitat with adequate supply of fruiting trees and bushes, absent only from dense woodland or grassland with few bushes. It is particularly common in gardens, parks and plantations in and around human settlements. You will normally see them in pairs or flocks and not as single birds.

Names of this avian species in other languages
Afrikaans ... Swartoogtiptol
Xhosa ... Ikhwebula
Zulu ... iPhothwe/iPogota
German ... Gelbsteibülbül, Graubülbül
Portuguese ... Tuta-negra
French ... Bulbul tricolore
Dutch ... Grauwe Buulbuul


I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hi dear Anna,
Beautiful, monochromatic-type photo of the bulbul - it would work even in b/w also. Great POV and sharpness, and as always, useful note. The composition's simple yet very pleasing.
Tfs, best regards, László

Hi Anna.
This bird really look at you very interested.
I think you drew it with something to eat, to stay so nice to be photographed.
Nice and funny picture.
Friendly greetings.Alin.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-31 9:14]

Hello neighbour Anna,
Excellent photo of this Grauwe Buulbuul. It has different names such as Black-eyed Bulbul. With this black eye you had fantastic eye contact. Great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Good POV and composition.

hello Anna
we have only Yellow-vented Bulbul in Turkiye. It is very similar to your Dark-capped Bulbul. This is also very beautiful.
You greatly captured it on ground, with great focus, POV and eyes contact. it gave to you very beautiful pose and it looks very lovely. I can see you on her shiny eyes.
nicely composed and noted with good information.
thanks for sharing, have a nice evening and nice new week.
King regards

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-31 9:21]

Hello Anna,
an outstanding macro!
Sleeping employers. How lucky we are in Europe as I got there and we can offer you the opportunity to see such beautiful!
Have a wonderful Sunday,

Hello Anna,
Great shot. Very nice colours and good details. Exceptional sharpness. The Kruger National Park is amazing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-31 9:31]

Hi Anna. This is a fine close up of the Dark-capped Bulbul . Which you have taken with fine detail and natural looking colours. It yellow feathers stand out from the othercolours. I like its large dark eye. All with interesting notes. well taken TFS.

Hi Anna,

Wonderful snap... I liked the bird in this photo a lot! It's quite beautiful to see a bulbul.. Thanks a lot for sharing Anna!


Hello Anna,

This is an excellent shot of this Dark-capped Bulbul with beautiful coloration, pose & POV. Well taken, composed & presented. TFS & best wishes.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-31 10:16]

HI Anna,another strange and new specie for me...everyday we can see something new from your gallery...perfect sharpness and colors too...thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-01-31 10:38]

Hi Anna!

Many thanks for presenting us this nice little fellow. I didn't know that beautiful bird, and now thanks to your picture and your very elaborated notes I know a lot about him. The picture is technically perfect: lighting, sharpness and colour management are fine. The composition is very simple and serves the portrait of this bird very well.

Kind regards


Hello Anna,

Beautiful bird and beautiful picture, the expression of curiosity of the bird is very vivid, I like it also like a lot the textures and tones, Thanks for sharing!


O my god - this is a cute bird - and I never saw this specimen before.
Hi mine is like it will ask you something - do you have some nice food for me - a worm or a raisin?
Very well done, Anna, I specially like the yellow part on the backside ;-)
Have a good start into the new week
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-31 23:20]

Hi Anna,
Very nice capture of this Bulbul.I liked POV,eye contact,clear details and sharpness a lot.Have agreat week!
Thanks for posting..

  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2010-01-31 23:25]

Hello Anna,

this is an great shot shot from this Bulbul.
Good of detail with fine colours.


Hello again Anna, an excellent close-up shot of this lovely bülbül with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi Anna,

Bulbul (in Turk: Bülbül) is a very special bird for us. It has a very important place in our folklore and literature. There are many many songs which tell the love between bulbul and rose.

Very nice image. You have done it very well. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Anna,

An impressive shot of a fine looking bulbul in a lovely posture on the ground with fine details and excellent exposure.
TFS and have a nice day and new week MF!


Just perfect! That eye makes the photo. The subject is pin sharp with excellent detail in the feathers, a winner, well done

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-01 13:01]

Hello Anna, lovely shot of this pretty bülbül. Colours, details and its pose are wonderful.
TFS ang G's,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-01 18:50]

Hi Anna,
I'm under the weather a tad, so I just wanted to say a splendid image of a species that is new to me. Thank you.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-02-01 20:52]

Hello Anna,
Looks like this guy or gal (according to your notes) was practically sitting in your lap. A wonderful close-up shot of this pretty little bird who is posing so nicely for you.
The bright yellow feathers just under it's tail draw your attention immediately. If it wasn't for this and the black head, it would be perfectly camouflaged against the sandy soil.
Once again the bill and legs seem to be overly large when compared to the rest of it's body. If I remember correctly the Red-billed Buffalo Weaver had the same characteristics. Very informative notes!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-01 23:27]

Hi Anna

Sorry - thought I had done this one! I love the cheeky stance of this bulbul - great eye contact.


Hello Anna,
A great capture under good POV , good eye's contact with you ,he must wait for some food ?

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-02-03 4:06]

Merhaba Anna,
harika bakmış sana, çok sempatik:)
Harika fotoğraf, tebrik ederim.

Hi Anna
Lovely eye contact, well done...Excellent shot with nice pose...Colors and details wonderful..Looks cute...Well presented....Tfs...
Warm regards and best wishes.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-04 3:32]

Hello Anna,
A very nice capture of a Dark-capped Bulbul- The POV shows all its features, including the dark head and yellow vent with fine colours and sharpness. The eye contact is excellent and the composition with the sandy soil BG pleasing.
Thanks and kind regards,

hello Anna

excellent close-up photo of the Dark-capped Bulbul,
with very fine POV & DOF, excellent focus sharpness
and details, i can see you taking the photo on his eye héhéhé,
i have a similar photo with a bunny that my reflection is on his eye,



Ciao Anna, lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, fantastic colors and splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Anna,
a superb portrait of the Dark-capped Bulbul taken from an "interactive" POV with very good sharpness and fine detail on the feathers, splendid natural colours, very well composed, i like very much the posture of this beautiful bird.
Best regards

Hi Anna,

Another great shot from you.
So nice work with vivid colours.

Best wishes and kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-05 9:54]

Hello Anna,
A very fine close view of this beautiful Bulbul with great focus on its eye. Wonderful details and colours of its plumage too. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-07 4:13]

Hi Anna,
the bird was looking at you seriously. The pose is so special and i belief it likes you very much.
nicely captured with excellent beautiful feathers shown and the sandy earth is a good background to highlight the little yellow part at the back.
nice and pleasant composition.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-02-09 9:38]

Hi Anna.
I understand why you have given 100-400 telezoom to Loot. You can do everything with compact camera. Fantastic shot. Also tanks to charming photo model. It is amazing as well as an outstanding quality of the shot. My congratulations and TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-02-09 11:59]

Hi Anna,
another lovely little bird yo share with us. I like this shot, with him on the dirt ground and very aware of the photographer too - well done, very nice eye contact!

Hi Anna.

This is such a nice little bird. I like the way you have focused around the head with amazing sharp details. Very selective with the focus and the buttery smooth bg is so pleasing. Well done and thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

As a child growing in Goa, India I had a lot of Bulbuls as pets; but I've never ever seen anything as BEAUTIFUL.
It is difficult to believe that a tiny DSC H9 and "screwing" type lense could produce this most OUTSTANDING presentation.
The old Chinese saying goes like this: It does not depend on the tool/s but on the artist that creates. And, in Portuguese we say: "WE DON'T ASK HOW LONG IT TOOK TO MAKE IT; but, yes, "WHO" made it". Anna made this "TUTA-negra".
Congratulations are in order, indeed!!!
Hope you can walk & "dance" better after your treatment.
B.& M.
Your friends in Canada with the most friendly greetings.

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