Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Yellow-browed Bulbul

Yellow-browed Bulbul

Having featured the White-browed bulbul, Black-crested bulbul and Red-whiskered bulbul earlier, here is another delightful member of the Pycnonotidae family – The Yellow-browed bulbul (Iole indica).

Yellow-browed Bulbul

It is a very active bulbul with olive on its upper parts and bright yellow below with a yellow line over the eye. The wings are a dull brown. The iris is brownish red and the beak and feet are a pale or slaty blue.

Yellow-browed Bulbul

They are one the commonest forest birds in the western ghats and can often be seen in melodious parties. It is a noisy and gregarious bird, occurring in humid forests with thick undergrowth.

Yellow-browed Bulbul

It is a very restless bird, flying into the trees and then onto sapling, calling out in its characteristic warble.

It is largely frugivorous feeding on forest berries and fruits.

Yellow-browed Bulbul

The breeding season extends from February to May. Nests are built in saplings or shrubs and occasionally in trees. It is a small cup, made entirely out of green moss or grass, bound with cobwebs and rootlets. The usual clutch is 2 eggs.

   
Location: Gudalur
Date: 29th May 2011
Time: Morning; 7:40 AM
Weather: Sunny morning after overnight rains
Other Details: Seen in a flock along with Wood-shrikes, scarlet minivets, Gold-fronted leafbirds, barbets, Vernal hanging parrots etc.

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