Sunday, July 22, 2012

Black Bulbul - Sinharaja, Sri Lanka


A photograph of a Black Bulbul taken in Sinharaja, Sri Lanka
Black Bulbul ( Hypsipetes leucocephalus ) - Sinharaja, Sri Lanka

Among all the birds we saw at Sinharaja the Black Bulbul was probably the most raucous. The noise it creates makes locating and identifying the bird quite easy.  Most of the photographs on this post were taken on the drive up to the main entrance of the park. I found the birds feeding on fruit with a number of Minivets, Barbets and other species of Bulbul.

More photographs inside.

A photograph of a Black Bulbul taken in Sinharaja, Sri Lanka
 Black Bulbul ( Hypsipetes leucocephalus ) - Sinharaja, Sri Lanka

The Black Bulbuls range extends from India to China and a number of subspecies have been identified. The species photographed here is sometimes referred to as the square tailed Bulbul and can also be seen in the Western Ghats of India. It is sometimes treated as a separate species. A white-headed morph also exists.

A photograph of a Black Bulbul taken in Sinharaja, Sri Lanka
 Black Bulbul ( Hypsipetes leucocephalus ) - Sinharaja, Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, this species is found in the hills and the wetter areas of the dry zone. Its usually found in forests, gardens and plantations. They feed mainly on seeds, fruits and insects. They are often seen foraging or flying around in groups. Nests, which are cup shaped, are built in a fork of a tree or bush with grass, leaves moss and cobwebs. A clutch consists of two to three eggs and have an incubation period of about 2 weeks.

A photograph of a Black Bulbul taken in Sinharaja, Sri Lanka
Black Bulbul ( Hypsipetes leucocephalus ) - Sinharaja, Sri Lanka

These photographs were taken early in the morning before the light was at its best. As a result, I had to push up the ISO to be able to use a faster shutter speed. Unfortunately this introduced some noise. I didn't use a tripod as I was moving a round a bit.




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