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Comment: Chicks and Nest of Red whiskered Bulbul
ceylon_frogmouth_thattekkad_001 * Ceylon Frogmouth, Batrachostomus moniliger, also known as Sri Lanka Frogmouth at the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekkad. They are nocturnal in nature, and are found in the Western Ghats of India and in Sri Lanka. Their elusive nature kept their existence under the veil of the dense tropical forests for a long time until Dr. Salim Ali found it at the Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary (which has since been named after him) in circa 1930. Later it was rediscovered in circa 1990 by ornithologist K. V. Eldhose, at the same sanctuary. Its occurrence, ethology, nesting, etc. have been documented since. The bird is still elusive, due to its adherence to roosting on surroundings with dried leaves which resembles its color tone and camouflages it well. 

My first sighting of the Frogmouth was in December 1999, when the nature group Warblers & Waders organized a bird survey at the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekkad and the near by regions including Bhoothathankettu. The first night we listened to the exchange of the distinctive calls between the male and the female (which could be easily recorded and mimicked) and we saw one of them at a different location later.

The pictured one here is my second sighting, along with Sarah, in September 2007. The location is adjacent to the watch tower inside the sanctuary.

ceylon_frogmouth_thattekkad_002 * Ceylon Frogmouth, Batrachostomus moniliger in its camouflaging environment.

red_whiskered_bulbul_egg_001 * Nest and Eggs of Red whiskered Bulbul

red_whiskered_bulbul_egg_002 * Nest and Eggs of Red whiskered Bulbul

red_whiskered_bulbul_egg_003 * Eggs of Red whiskered Bulbul

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red_whiskered_bulbul_nestling_001.jpg - 2007.09.26 12:19:58
red_whiskered_bulbul_nesting_001 * Red whiskered Bulbul in its nest

red_whiskered_bulbul_nesting_003 * Red whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus nesting. @ home, kerala.

red_whiskered_bulbul_nestling_002 * Red whiskered Bulbul waiting for feed

red_whiskered_bulbul_nesting_002 * Red whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus nesting. @ home, kerala.

red_whiskered_bulbul_002 * Red whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus on our mulberry tree. Fruits, berries, nectar, insects and worms makes the lion's share of their diet. @ home, kerala.

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