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Red-whiskered Bulbul


The Red-whiskered Bulbul is about 20 centimetres in length. It has brown upper-parts and whitish underparts with buff flanks and a dark spur running onto the breast at shoulder level. It has a tall pointed black crest, red face patch and thin black moustachial line. The tail is long and brown with white terminal feather tips, but the vent area is red.

The Red-whiskered Bulbul feeds on fruits (including those of Thevetia peruviana that are toxic to mammals), nectar and insects.

Young birds are fed on caterpillars and insects which are replaced by fruits and berries as they mature.

Adults (possibly the female) may feign injury to distract potential predators away from the nest.

The loud and evocative call is a sharp kink-a-joo (also transcribed as pettigrew or kick-pettigrew or pleased to meet you).

Find more information about the bird here.

37 comments:

  1. It's quite a dinstinctive looking bird. Surprised by your description as from the photo it looks like a smallish bird. Would love to see one in the wild. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Beautiful bird and an awesome photo!

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  3. What a beautiful bird and great capture!

    Stopping by from the Rurality Blog Hop

    ~Lynne @ a new Jersey Girl
    www.rickandlynne.com/lynne

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  4. Lovely bird, with the interesting tuft on its head...and brave mother, in her efforts to protect her babes.

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  5. Nicely framed against the blue skies.

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  6. A beautiful and regal looking bird!

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  7. A great shot of an amazing creature...!

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  8. I was just reading about this bird in my bird guide!! It's gorgeous.

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    link is found on my personal blog on the right sidebar. It'd be a super addition to those who share wonderful birds/stories of birding!!

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  9. What a gorgeous bird, I bet he sounds wonderful as well
    Bridget #13

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  10. What a handsome bird and a gorgeous shot!

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  11. what a beautiful bird....very striking..

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  12. Gorgeous photoa - and beautiful blog!
    Stopping by from Unknown Mami's :)

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  13. Great photo! Thanks for shring the information about this bird.

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  14. That is a very interesting bird, beautiful coloring and plumage.

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  15. ...awesome, I'm glad you decided to link up at the Bird D'Pot this week. Great Bird

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  16. Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  17. What a looker! I don't think I've ever seen a bird like this before.
    Thanks for the great pic and info.
    Happy SIMC, jj

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  18. Beautiful bird.
    Beautiful shot of said bird

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  19. i like his little hair-do! great shot!

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  20. What a gorgeous bird! I've never one of these. Such a great photo. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. I love watching birds. That is a beautiful one. Thanks so much for sharing it :)

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  23. WOW what a great photo! This is a very beautiful bird. I am surprised to read how big it is.

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  24. Great shot of a beautiful bird. So precise! Thank you for sharing it on Mandarin Orange Monday:) And sorry I am so late getting back to you.

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  25. a bulbul. neat. I've read about them and put one in a poem. no one I showed it to in Canada knew what the word could mean.

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  26. It's an impressive looking bird. I love the crest.

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