Red-whiskered Bulbul

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The pic taken at Jim Corbett National Park, Dehradun, Uttaranchal, India: The Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) is a passerine bird found in Asia. It is a member of the bulbul family. It is a resident frugivore found mainly in tropical Asia from Pakistan and India through to southeast Asia and China. It has been introduced and has established itself in the wild in many other parts of the world.

The Red-whiskered Bulbul was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus in 1758 in his Systema Naturae. He placed it along with the shrikes under Lanius.
Local names include Turaha pigli-pitta in Telugu, Sipahi bulbul in Bengali,
Phari-bulbul/Kanera bulbu in Hindi Several geographic races are named
The Red-whiskered Bulbul is about 20 cm (7 in) in length. It has brown upper-parts and whitish underparts with buff flanks and a dark spur running onto the breast at shoulder level. It has a tall pointed black crest, red face patch and thin black moustachial line. The tail is long and brown with white terminal feather tips, but the vent area is red.

This passerine feed on fruits (including those of Thevetia peruvianathat are toxic to mammals), nectar and insects. The loud and evocative call is a sharp kink-a-joo, and the song is a scolding chatter. It is more often heard than seen, but will often perch conspicuously especially in the mornings when they call from the tops of trees. The life span is about 11 years.

Hybrids have been noted in captivity with Pycnonotus cafer, Pycnonotus leucotis, Pycnonotus xanthopygos, Pycnonotus melanicterus and Pycnonotus leucogenys. and albinism is known. several avian malaria parasites have been described from the species
  • jocosus, the nominate subspecies, is found in Hong Kong
  • fuscicaudatus in peninsular India has nearly complete breast band and no white tip to tail
  • abuensis of northwestern India is pale and has a broken breast band and no white tip to tail
  • pyrrhotis of the terai is pale above with white tail tips and widely separated breast band
    emeria of Eastern peninsula and Ganges Delta is warm brown above with a slim bill and a long crest (also introduced into Florida
  • whistleri is found in the Andaman Islands
  • monticola is found in northeastern India
  • pattani is found in Thailand
  • peguensis not always recognized was described from southern Burma

Distribution and habitat
This is a bird of lightly wooded areas, more open country with bushes and shrubs, and farmland. Irruptions have been noted from early times with Thomas C. Jerdon noting that they "periodically visiting Madras and other wooded towns in large flocks."
It has established itself in Australia, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Florida in the United States, and in the Mauritius, Assumption Island and Mascarene Islands.
The Red-whiskered Bulbul was introduced by the Zoological and Acclimatization Society in 1880 to Sydney, and were well established across the suburbs by 1920, and have slowly spread to around 100 km away. It is also found in suburban Melbourne and Adelaide, although it is unclear how it got there.


Alec said...

nice captures & info.

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.

David O. Brink said...

in second click the bird looks innocent. Lovely capture.

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.

Austeen Sufi said...

lovely captures, Jim Corbett National park is one of the finest in India, i have been there and really liked it.

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?

Jyoti Dixit said...

nice clicks, There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.

Shreya Rajput said...

beautiful bird's captures

A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I'm damned if I see how the helican

Priya Mittal said...

sweet n cute birds, loved them

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

Rohit Sharma said...

nice captures avinash...
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Rohit Sharma said...

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.

Anonymous said...

The birds are restless,
They are very much restless,
There is still sky for them,
But there is no openness,
There are still trees foe them,
But there are no leaves,
There is no shade and coldness for them,
There are still people,
But none cares for birds

Ashok said...

Stray birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away.
And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there with a sigh.
O troupe of little vagrants of the world, leave your footprints in my words.
The world puts off its mask of vastness to its lover.
It becomes small as one song, as one kiss of the eternal.
It is the tears of the earth that keep her smiles in bloom.

Ashok said...

beautiful captures

Dr.Nishi Chauhan said...

I wonder at what thou doest,
Thou singing merry far from me,
I in sadness all alone!

Little bird! O little bird!
I wonder at how thou art
Thou high on the tips of branching boughs,
I on the ground a-creeping!

Little bird! O little bird!
Thou art music far away,
Like the tender croon of the mother loved
In the kindly sleep of death.

Er. Nidhi Mishra said...

nice and cute, Bulbul in second capture looks so innocent. Did u tek this pic during our IIT days?

Indrani said...

Beautiful shots of the Bulbul!
Interesting info!

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful bird and an excellent post.

Brookville Daily Photo

Puja said...

lovely clicks n informative post

Dr. Aradhna said...

cute bird, good info & fantastic post

Rahul said...

Hey !! Nice post..this is what I call life is about..
Am delighted to be adding you as a friend..

Er. Snigddha Aggarwal said...

beautiful capture n informative post

Prachi Pandey said...

beautiful, lovely shots

Dr. Aradhna said...

lovely captures avinash n good information 2 give it a nice company.

Keep It Up.

Dr. Palki Vajpayee said...

beautiful & informative post

Dr. Pragya bajaj said...
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Dr. Pragya bajaj said...

stood in the parlor
watching their arrival
as they sought a safe home
to ensure their hatchlings survival

They flew in and out
returning each time
a twig in their beaks
and cooing sublime

The patio is sheltered
No rain enters there
and the fan so high up
perfection for the pair

Their nest built and comfy
they settled in tight
and covered the eggs
all day and all night

And then it happened
The miracle occurred
The hatchlings came forth
Tiny wings on a bird

Nature is mystical
and brilliant with love
and brought us such joy
on the wings of a dove

Dr.Rita Raman said...

very cute looking bird n informative post

Ruchika Mittal said...

bird in second pic looks so innocent n cute
nice post

Dr.Rita Raman said...

lovely captures n good info

Patty said...

Beautiful photos. I wonder what that bird sounds like? I'll see if I can find a place on the computer that plays the sound it makes. Thanks for your visits.

Yes, I've been very busy, Friday I drove to my Mother's and spent the day with her, we went shopping and visited relatives. Came home and prepared dinner/supper for my husband, two daughters and one granddaughter, then we played a game of cards, called Phase Ten. Saturday had the usual things that have to be done in a home, plus worked out side, cutting and trimming the ornamental grasses we have in our backyard. Sunday I prepared dinner/lunch for two daughters, granddaughter, grandson and my husband. After dishes were done ( I don't have an automatic dishwasher, I do them by hand, but the girls did them Sunday) we played cards again. Monday did some laundry in addition to the usual things that a woman has to do to run a home, today did grocery shopping. Now I have some free time until the Granddaughter gets home from school, I walk down and meet her bus, she's 8. Since our one daughter and her daughter moved back home with us for a while, it seems I don't have as much free time as I did when it was just my husband and me. But we ahve enjoyed the daughter and granddaughter living here (temporarily). She hopes to move out by Summer. Now you know what has been taking up some of my time. LOL But I will try harder to make my rounds to my favorite blogs.

Shilpi said...

such a cute pics of birds liked it....

Shalini said...

loved the pics and very informative post thx 4 sharing

Sagarika said...

gorgeous birds

Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.

Mehnaaz said...

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before

lovely post

Swati said...
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Pallavi Sinha said...

loved the second pic, bird look so cute n innocent

Rahul Viswanath said...

Amazing capture Avinash !!! I like your work bud .... great sense of relating to nature and getting it on windows to ones own world !!!

Kudos Mate .........

Nirmla Kapila said...

beautifull n lovely shots

Aarti said...

lked the information n snaps both...nice post n blog

Rashmi said...

nature at its best

Radhika said...

birds look so innocent, nice post

Tulip Banerjee said...

charming birds, loved it

Anonymous said...

good photos

Priya Mittal said...

lovely captures of the birds in natiral habitat, Jim Coerbett is one of the finest India have along with Kaziranga, i love both.

Nice post

Cloudia said...

We have red vented bulbuls here in Hawaii. clever birds, they eat fruit and have colonized the sweetest trees. Clever little folks! Aloha

Tranquility said...

What a unique and beautiful bird!

humanobserver said...

The second snap was superb :)

Glennis said...

Lovely bird, rather colourful. Well photographed.

Jayant Chaudhary said...

Great photos. It was so nice to see those beautiful birds so up and close.

I also liked another post that you had in someone else's blog..

कोरा दंभ
जीवन निरालम्ब
अंध -स्पर्धा
शर्म बेपर्दा
बेबूझ अज्ञान
सहयात्री से अंजान
भ्रांत -अवधारणा
एकाकी विचारना
पाँवों का भटकाव
जिन्दगी का ठहराव
इन सब की जलाओ होली
फिर दिल से मनाओ होली



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