Bird on a wire




This is the Red Cheeked/ Red Whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) , measuring about 20cms. This bird can be easily identified by its brown crest, red cheeks and red vent. This bulbul is native to India and is generally seen in the woodlands or in the countryside. That's how I spotted this lone bird, sitting peacefully on a wire at Pratapgarh, while the guide was pointing to a small look-out window in th e wall of the fort. My imagination must have been going wild because I felt like it was staring away into the distance, meditatively. As if it was pondering on the history of the fort, too!
This bird feeds on a variety of fruits, insects and flower buds, and often does so in flocks of three to fifty birds. 
According to most authorities there are 144 species of Bulbuls, Greenbuls and allies in the family Pycnonotidae and I have spotted only 2 of them as yet?! :(
 

Comments

Anonymous said…
Reminds me of Twitter.
Bird on wire. ;-)
Gyanban said…
You know what - this template is much easier on the eyes..I am going to read some of your old posts which I could not read earlier.
Hahahaha gyan...
Thanks..I will stick to this one then!
Anything for my readers..:D
Sorcerer said…
hey!! thats nice :)
Amit said…
so this blog is more than gossip ( Klishmaklaver :).
@ Sorcerer: Thanks, hope you enjoy my blog too..:)

@ Amit: Glad you found it so! :D
magiceye said…
lovely capture!

coincidentally even i have posted a pic titled 'birds on a wire' and appears just below your post on indivine!
Hitesh said…
oooooooowwwwwwww.........

where do you get this one.....??? you are so lucky.....aahhh just love the pic......

never mind.....just found abt the pratapgarh's bird century.......good contribution.....

you shld add it to wikipedia or something so that people who haven't seen Red Whiskered Bulbul can check the pics.....

\,,/
Milan Mehta said…
Great picture for bird lovers

Cheers
Milan

http://milanavi.blogspot.com/
Unknown said…
I should take heart from the fact that after years of trudging through woods, binoculars around my neck and 'Salim Ali the Bible' in my backpack, I ended up spotting only three kinds of bulbuls myself. One ahead of you :-)
Red whiskered, Redvented and Whitecheeked, of course.
HI Hitesh..generally I also provide a WIki link in my post 'cause it is a major source to my learning..How can I add something to an already fantastic collection of information?
Pushkaraj Sir,
Salim Ali's book is truly a bible for all bird lovers.
I thought the white cheeked Bulbuls are just juvenile Red cheeked ones?
No?
Am I just 1 step behind u as far as Bulbul spotting goes? WOW..for a beginner like me thats NEWS!!
Thanks a lot for the visit...
eternalthinker said…
Long back I had a Bulbul chick which I got from an isolated bush. But may be the baby bird was too young, so it died after a month or so. :(
Every time I see this red cheeked bulbul, it reminds me a lot of that little birdy.
Lena said…
That is a great shot. But somehow it makes me feel of loneliness.
Unknown said…
Oh NONONO. Whitecheeked is an entirely different species.
The differences are - has no red whiskers obviously, less pointed crest, and a distinct yellow vent (instead of red).
et said…
Long back I had a Bulbul chick which I got from an isolated bush. But may be the baby bird was too young, so it died after a month or so. :(
Every time I see this red cheeked bulbul, it reminds me a lot of that little birdy.
Milan Mehta said…
Great picture for bird lovers

Cheers
Milan

http://milanavi.blogspot.com/
Dev said…
Reminds me of Twitter.
Bird on wire. ;-)

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