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Himalayan Bulbul

Himalayan Bulbul
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Copyright: Pushkar Mitra (auroco) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 2 N: 50] (319)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: SONY Cybershot DSC HX400V
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-01-24 9:30
Viewed: 1299
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Himalayan bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys) or White-cheeked Bulbul is a species of songbird in the Pycnonotidae family, native to central Asia.

The Himalayan bulbul about 18 cm in length, with a wingspan of 25.5-28 cm and an average weight of 30 g. Its head, throat, and crest are black and white. The back side, and a lengthy tail are brown, the underside and pale yellow. Sexes have are alike. The song is a beautiful 4-piece whistle, which resembles an accelerated oriole whistle.

The species occurs in the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent and some adjoining areas.

Himalayan Bulbul is a greyish brown bulbul, with conspicuous white cheeks which contrast with the entirely black hood.
The mountain variety has a crest on its head, while those in the plains don’t have it.
The bright yellow undertail-coverts contrast noticeably with the white underparts.
It has a black head and throat, with bold white blaze below eye, over cheeks and on the sides of neck.
The upperparts are dull grey with darker flight feathers, and black-brown tail whose feathers show terminal white spots.
The chest is pale dusky-brown. The underparts are pale grey-buff, almost grey-white on rear flanks. Vent is rich yellow.
Eyes are red-brown, with narrow yellow eye ring. It has black bill and legs.

Both sexes are similar.
Juvenile has duller, browner head than adult.

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Great to see your picture after a long time, Pushkar.
Despite low light conditions, the shot has turned out pretty good with that catch-light in the bird's eye.
The other day, I saw a pair of them here in Jammu. Apparently, they migrate to the plains in winter.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-01-25 14:07]

Welcome back with this lovely pic showing us a rare bulbul subspecie,excellent capture very sharp despite the distance and the difficult light,well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-01-25 19:15]

Hello Pushkar,
A lovely Himalayan Bulbul captured in an attractive pose and displaying natural color tones. Focus appears quite sharp and exposure is very good. A bit of noise in the BG, but this can easily be removed.

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