Red-whiskered Bulbul

Pycnonotus jocosus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Code 4

RWBU

Code 6

PYCJOC

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-whiskered Bulbul is mainly found in tropical Asia, Pakistan, India and southeastern Asia and China. This species has been introduced in other parts of the world, as well as established itself in the wild in Australia, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Florida, Mauritius, Assumption Island and Mascarene Islands. Its natural habitat consists of light woodlands, open country, bushlands and shrublands, as well as farmlands. Diets consist of fruits, nectar and insects, and this species is typically a year-round resident of its homelands. The current conservation status of the Red-whiskered Bulbul is classified as Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Red-whiskered Bulbul: Introduced to parts of North America as escaped caged birds. This bulbul has brown upperparts, a black crested head, mask and partial collar, an orange-red patch behind the eye and a white cheek patch. The underparts are white with brown wash. Diet includes berries, fruits and insects. It has a a direct flight with rapid wing beats. Sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat

Red-whiskered Bulbul: Native to tropical regions of Asia, including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and the south China coast. Escaped caged birds were introduced and established colonies in North America in southern Florida and in Australia. Preferred habitats include lightly wooded areas and farmland.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"queekey ", "lerrr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It gets its name from the red whisker patch located below its eye.
  • On Oahu they eat the orange morphs of the Monarch butterfly, causing a rise in the white morph population over the last twenty years.
  • The Red-whiskered Bulbul was first described in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.
  • The word bulbul may have come from a Turkish or Persian word for nightingale.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Red-whiskered Bulbul

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Jane Wright

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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