birds from Africa,
Asia and China
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Picture Red whiskered Bulbul
Bulbuls are any of about 119 species of birds of Africa and Asia,
including some called greenbuls and brownbuls. Members range in size
5.5 to 11 inches long. They are active, noisy, plain-colored birds
that sometimes damage orchards.
These are mostly frugivorous birds. Some are colorful with yellow,
red or orange vents, cheeks, throat or supercilia, but most are
drab, with uniform olive brown to black plumage. Some have very
These are noisy and gregarious birds with often beautiful striking songs.
Many of these species inhabit tree tops, while some are restricted to
the undergrowth. Up to five purple-pink eggs are laid in an open tree
nests and incubated by the female.
The Red whiskered Bulbul, is resident in tropical Asia from India
through to southeast Asia and China. It has been introduced to New
South Wales, Mauritius and Florida.
The Red whiskered Bulbul has a pointed black crest, white cheeks,
brown back, the tail is long and brown with white terminal feather tips,
but the vent area is red.
The red whisker mark, from which it gets its name, is located below
the eye, but is not always easy to see.
Both male and female birds are similar in plumage, while young birds
are duller with a greyish-black crown. Red-whiskered Bulbuls are
not timid around humans, perching prominently on the top of
bushes or on power lines.
The Red-whiskered Bulbul is about 7 inches in length.
The birds inhabit lightly wooded areas, more open country with
bushes and shrubs, and farmland. It is more often heard than seen,
but will perch conspicuously on occasions.
It builds its nest in a bush; two to three eggs is a typical clutch.
The call is a characteristic descending musical whistle
Flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like.
These birds feed on fruit, nectar and insects.
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