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Sombre Greenbul

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Unread post by Klipbaber » Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:00 pm

I hope somebody can help me!!! Not knowing really affects my health now! I was busy photographing an Oriole when this bird suddenly appeared in the tree above me. Unfortunately I was in such hurry to take a pic that I did not focus on any prizewinning shots. The moment it heard my shutter it flew away and left me with not knowing what bird this could be. I was more or less the size of an orangebreasted shrike.What baffles me is the eye color.
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Unread post by JoelR » Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:20 pm

Hi Klipbaber.

The eye color is slightly baffling but quite accurate for a Sombre Greenbul. Now, the feathers remind me more of Yellow-bellied Greenbul and I don't know if hybridization has ever been recorded. :?

Pale eye should however be a diagnostic feature for the Sombre Greenbul, so I'll vote for a not-so-sombre specimen of that one.

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Unread post by Klipbaber » Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:37 pm

Thanks to all for trying....yes this bird really has me confused......mmm...I like the idea of the sombre greenbull
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:19 am

Klipbaber, I can't see how it can be anything other than a Sombre Greenbul. The white eye is diagnostic.
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Sombre Greenbul

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:22 pm

The Sombre Greenbul, Andropadus importunus, is shy, skulking through the thick vegetation on which they rely for their food. Their diet consists almost exclusively of fruit.

The sexes have similar plumage, but juveniles are even duller than the adult and have dark eyes. As its name suggests, it is a fairly drab-looking bird. However, that staring white eye is diagnostic as all other similar greenbuls have dark eyes.

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The Sombre Greenbul is locally abundant, found in the northern riverine forests along South African border and the eastern coastal forests all the way to Cape Town.
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Re: Sombre Greenbul

Unread post by JoelR » Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:54 pm

Have seen this bird in numerous locations, but was very surprised to find out that Skukuza camp (Kruger NP) was teeming with Sombre Greenbuls mid September this year. I have often birded here (79 birds on camp list so far) but have never seen them before. 8)

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Re: Sombre Greenbul

Unread post by Imax » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:23 pm

This must be my favourite "bulbul"

I just love hearing his call - "willly, come out and fight, scaaaared?"

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Re: Sombre Greenbul

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:38 pm

Imax, Im with you on the Sombre's call.......No Matter how early in the morning it decides to start, I still love to hear it!! :D
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Obelix » Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:52 pm

Hi All
Any help / comments on this bird would be much appreciated. Photo was taken during April close to Durban. Our only idea is Greenbul (more so Sombre than Yellow-bellied, though neither looks right in any event). Thanks in advance.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Moegaai » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:39 pm

Obelix, the large orange gape means this is a juvenile bird. This makes it tough as colorationis of course different to adults. I agree with it being a Bulbul. Based on the overall olive colour, I'm reluctant to go for either Yellow-bellied or Sombre Greenbuls. If I'm not mistaken, it seems to have a light throat which, together with the coloration, makes me lean towards Terrestrial Brownbul.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:53 pm

It definately is one of the bulbuls.......and...Going by head shape, apparent bill colouration and appearance(colouration matches juveniles I've seen before), I lean towards the juvenile Sombre Greenbul.

The only reason i didnt or dont agree with the Terrestrial Brownbul, is because I just woke up from a little power nap and cant quite make out a contrasting throat patch..........The bill also looks to 'compact' for Terrestrial, and the head and body shape look wrong...Could just be camera angles again! :D


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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:09 pm

Sorry Moegaai, I have to agree with Rusty on Sombre! To me Terrestrial normally appears more brownish than greenish(with or without a nap haha :twisted: ). It is also not really in their nature to sit in the open like this... but that's just my opinion..... :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Obelix » Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:46 am

Thanks all for the comments. Much appreciated.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread post by Moegaai » Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:58 am

So you dare question me!? He he... :twisted:

I'll go with your call on Sombre Greenbul, but the colour still bothers me. But that's juv's for you... Also agree about the bill - it also bothered me.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by arks » Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:07 am

Another from my stay at Bontebok, seen on 3 October 2009. Is this perchance a sombre bulbul??

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