Thursday, July 26, 2012

>Pycnonotus penicillatus (Yellow-eared Bulbul)

Yellow-eared Bulbul

Yellow-eared Bulbul
Conservation status

Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Species:P. penicillatus
Binomial name
Pycnonotus penicillatus
Blyth, 1851
The Yellow-eared BulbulPycnonotus penicillatus, is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is an endemic resident breeder in the highlands of Sri Lanka.
This is a bird of jungle and wooded farmland. Despite its restricted range, it is quite readily found at sites such as Horton Plains and Victoria Park in Nuwara Eliya. It builds its nest in a bush; two eggs is a typical clutch.
The Yellow-eared Bulbul is about 20 cm (7 inches) in length, with a long tail. It has olive upperparts and yellowish underparts. The crown of the head is grey, and there are yellow ear tufts and a yellow patch below the eye. There is a white tuft in front of the eye and the throat is also white.
Sexes are similar in plumage, but young birds are duller than adults. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like. Yellow-eared Bulbuls feed on fruit and insects.

In Culture

In Sri Lanka, this bird is known as Galu-guduwa or Kaha kondaya in Sinhala Language.Yellow-eared Bulbul appears in a 10 Rupee Sri Lankan postal stamp,
And can be seen also on the new 5000 Rs note of Sri Lanka

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