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pycnonotus barbatus layardi

pycnonotus barbatus layardi
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Copyright: Karl Daniels (webphoto) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 7 N: 56] (359)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL XSi 450D, Sigma 70-200 HSM II +Sigma 2.0x Extender, Kenko Pro1D UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-14 12:08
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Points: 2
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The Common Bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus, is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is a ubiquitous resident breeder throughout Africa. There are a number of subspecies; some authorities consider P. b. dodsoni and P. b. tricolor as separate species from the nominate P. b. barbatus.

This bird is found everywhere except dense forest and treeless expanses. It builds its nest in a tree or bush; two or three eggs is a typical clutch. This is an adaptable and very bold bird which has readily taken to living alongside humans.

The Common Bulbul is about 18cm in length, with a long tail. It has a dark brown head and upperparts. The underparts are grey-brown apart from white or yellow, depending on the subspecies, around the vent. Sexes are similar in plumage. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like. The call is a loud doctor-quick doctor-quick be-quick be-quick.
Common Bulbuls mainly feed on fruit and insects, but are almost omnivorous.

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To cuckooroller: Hi Stevewebphoto 1 11-14 22:41
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Hi Karl,
Just for future reference, this would be taxon layardi. Who knows where they will go with this "species". It is known to be polyphyletic, and I am certain that the Percy Fitzpat must be doing some studies to get "species" barbatus sensu largo straightened out sooner or later.

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