Monday, May 12, 2014

The elusive Black-headed Bulbul

The black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps)

Note the black berry it snatched...
Though the literature about this bird says that it is a common bird in Southeast Asia but try looking for it around the neighbourhood. Hardly.  At the Kambatik park, they seem to be arriving in considerable numbers now that a certain jungle tree shrub is flowering and producing small black berries.  I have not been able to name the shrub yet.  When I saw it this afternoon, it was perching on a nearby branch before it snatched a berry while hovering.  Two beautiful things about this bird is the striking yellow colour of its body with a black hood.  It's call is very crisp and rings throughout the park.  They come very early in the morning and can be heard throughout the day till late afternoon.  From a distance it is not easily recognizable for its yellow feathers and you need to track its call to observe the beauty of its yellow body.

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