|Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat)
|Date Taken: 2016-03-21|
|Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2017-01-27 13:11|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Even my second picture from my Senegalese archive is not of very good quality, but it's the only one I have of this species not very often seen on TE, so I hope it is still to your liking.|
The yellow-crowned gonolek (Laniarius barbarus), also known as the common gonolek, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the bushshrike family. It is a common resident breeding bird in equatorial Africa from Senegal and Democratic Republic of Congo east to Ethiopia. It is a skulking bird and frequents dense undergrowth in forests and other wooded habitats. The nest is a cup structure in a bush or tree in which two eggs are laid.
The yellow-crowned gonolek is 22 cm (8.7 in) long with a long tail and short wings. The adult is a vividly-coloured bird, although easily overlooked as it lurks in undergrowth. It has solidly black upper parts apart from its golden crown, and scarlet underparts other than a buff-yellow undertail. The legs are dark. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are paler and duller.
his species is seldom seen because it inhabits thick undergrowth from which its calls can be heard. These include whistles and rattles, often sung in duet, with a fluted too-lioo overlapped by a rattling ch-chacha. The yellow-crowned gonolek feeds mainly on insects located in bushes or on the ground. The diet consists mostly of beetles and caterpillars, but birds eggs and nestlings are sometimes taken.
It is monogamous and territorial. Some courtship behaviours have been observed with a pair chasing each other through a bush, leaping from branch to branch and emitting metallic twanging sounds. The deep cup-shaped nest is often flimsy and is built in a bush, from rootlets and tendrils. Two, or occasionally three, greyish-green or bluish-green eggs with dark spots are laid.
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- [2017-01-27 20:03]
Maybe not the quality you wish it to be, but what a beautiful specimen you have presented to us. The markings and contrasting colors are amazing to view. It's as if the bird decided to hide its face just as you clicked the shutter, yet you managed to capture its true beauty in spite of it. TFS.
- [2017-01-27 21:32]
I know the pain of such kind of situation due to bird's behaviour.
But what you have captured is very good.
- [2017-01-28 11:20]
Hola Luciano, una especie fabulosa que no conocía, debe ser muy difícil de fotografiar...saludos.
Ciao Luciano, bellissimo uccello, favolosi colori, splendidi dettagli e ottima niidezza, bravissimo ciao Silvio
Beautiful coloured bird this Yellow Crowned Gonolek, Luciano. Like 3 different colours. Nice presentation.
Wish its head was up to see its eyes, Luciano.
Still, it is a valuable image of this rare and beautiful species you shot in Senegal.
Love the colours on it.
Even you didn't manage to catch the eye contact, I like this pic due to the fantastic, colorful plumage which is like a a pearl in front of the rather busy background. It's really uncommon on TN (not TE - we're on another site), I don't remember if I've ever seen this species here. Good shot, congratulations!
Kind regards from Ireland, László
very bautiful bird you have found
great details to see this bird very good
thanks gr lou
L'arbre cadre bien l'oiseau. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du Gonolek de Barbarie. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.