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Fijian Red-vented Bulbul

Fijian Red-vented Bulbul
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Fun in the Sun at Fiji
Theme(s): Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-04 0:45
Viewed: 16975
Points: 24
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Red vented Bulbul

I took this photo when we were in Fiji 2 1/2 years ago, and I have only just found out what it is called.

It is the Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds.

It originally bred in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Myanmar and southwestern China, and has been introduced to Fiji and Hawaii. It is also common in urban parts of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

This is a bird of scrub, open forest, plains and cultivated lands. It builds its nest in a bush; two or three eggs is a typical clutch.

Red-vented Bulbul is about 20cm in length, with a long tail. It has brown or black upperparts, with a white rump. The breast is brown or black, and the rest of the underparts are white apart from the red around the vent. The head and small crest are black.

Sexes are similar in plumage, but young birds are duller than adults. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like.

There are a number of regional variations in plumage, mainly with respect to the upperpart and breast colour. Red-vented Bulbuls feed on fruit, nectar and insects.

The Red-vented Bulbul is incapable of synthesizing vitamin C. It shares this features with a very limited number of other animals, among which are certain fruit bats and primates (including humans) as well as the guinea pig.

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Hello Janice,

This is just so awesome and thanks a lot for sharing this beauty with us. Flawless in details and exposure in that stunning pose. Please allow me to add this to my personal theme. I like this a lot.


Hello Janice,

What a nice capture a Bulbul with wonderful colours. I have never seen this sp. before. TFS friend!

Hello Janice
Red vented Bulbul is really cool one and you did good work by showing that :)
Well done and TFS

Hi Janice. A beautiful clear photo of this colourful bird with a fine head of feathers. Colours are very good. TFS. Murray.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-04 2:02]

Hello Janice,
Wonderful capture of this pretty Bulbul which I know from India. Great focus and lovely sharp details and colours. I would have preferred a more natural environment to this perfect shot but I like the colours.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-04 4:44]

Hello Janice,
This is a superb capture of a Red-vented Bulbul taken from a fine POV with excellent sharpness to show its features very well.
I would imagine this species has been introduced to the Fiji Islands that have a fairly high Indian section of the population (must include some birds too!).
This is a joy to see and thanks for sharing it,

What a cute bird this is Janice! I love its dark crest and little touch of red on its tail. You captured a beautiful pose with good exposure and details. I like this composition and lovely catch-light. You chose good DOF that let us see great details and beautiful blurred background. Well done!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-04 7:04]

Hola Janice.
Other great photo from You. Nice colors and sharpness. I like the pose too.
Your Note is also very interesting for me to learn about birds.

Hi Janice
Super shot
Superb sharpness and detail
Nice natural color
Great catchlite
tfs jon

bonjour janice
c'est un tres bel oiseau,le piqué est excellent,dommage qu'il est la tête dans l'ombre,sinon tres bien.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-02-07 7:31]

hi Janice,
nice one.. nice pose and your focus is superb. really great exposure too, even with the shadow over the face. great job, tfs.

Hallo Janice
Beautiful capture of this Red vented Bulbul. Your note is superb and very narrative! Such notes add more value to a very good picture and a good picture this is indeed. The colours and the composition are superb. I like the water droplets on the bird's beak. A lovely portrait, presented in a splendid manner. Just love the colours of the plumage. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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