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Dark-capped Bulbul

Dark-capped Bulbul
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-11-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-03-06 4:43
Viewed: 263
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Dark-capped Bulbul or Black-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus tricolor) is a subspecies of the Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is a ubiquitous resident breeder throughout Africa.

The Dark-capped Bulbul is mostly greyish-brown above and whitish-brown below, with a distinctive dark head and pointy crest on top of the head. The back of the head merges into the brown of the back, and the chin is also blackish. The underparts are grey-brown apart from white around the vent (yellow in P. b. tricolor). It is about 18 cm in length, with a long tail. It has a dark brown head and upperparts. Sexes are similar in plumage.

Habitat and breeding
It is a common resident breeder in much of Africa. It is found in woodland, coastal bush, forest edges, riverine bush, montane scrub, and in mixed farming habitats. It is also found in exotic thickets, gardens, and parks.
This species nests throughout the year in the moist tropics, elsewhere it is a more seasonal breeder with a peak in breeding coinciding with the onset of the rainy season. The nest is fairly rigid, thick walled, and cup-shaped. It is situated inside the leafy foliage of a small tree or shrub.
Two or three eggs is a typical clutch. It, like other bulbuls, is parasitised by the Jacobin Cuckoo.

The Black-eyed Bulbul is usually seen in pairs or small groups. It is a conspicuous bird, which tends to sit at the top of a bush. As with other bulbuls they are active and noisy birds. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like. The call is a loud doctor-quick doctor-quick be-quick be-quick.

This species eats fruit, nectar, and insects.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Excellent details and focus. This is a interesting bird. Lovely POV.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-03-06 10:19]

Hi Peter,difficult light,especially for the typical dark head of this species,but still an excellent capture,very close and very sharp,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2019-03-06 13:52]

Dag Peter,

Leuk beweeglijk vogeltje. Je hebt gekozen voor een hele korte belichtingstijd. Kan ik me iets bij voorstellen. Op 1/500 had ook nog gekund. Je had dan de iso iets naar beneden kunnen bijschroeven voor minder ruis. De crop is iets aan de krappe kant. Ik zou aan de bovenkant iets meer ruimte vrij laten. Wel een mooie wazige en natuurlijke achtergrond.

Ik raak helemaal in vakantiestemming als ik dit soort vogeltjes zie :)


Nice capture, Peter. This one has yellow vent like the Himalayan Bulbul.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-03-08 9:36]


Hello Peter,
Well captured this Bulbul. Well exposure on it dark portion. Good details and nice background.
Thanks and regards

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