Red-whiskered Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul

Red-whiskered Bulbul

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The Red-whiskered Bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) are non-migratory bulbuls found in tropical Asia – from Pakistan and India through to southeastern Asia and China.

Distribution:

The Red-whiskered Bulbuls are native to tropical Asia, where they inhabit lightly wooded areas, more open country with bushes and shrubs, and farmland

Description:

The Red-whiskered Bulbul measures about 7? in length including the tail.The plumage on top is mostly brown and underneath  they are whitish with buff-colored flanks and a broken dark chest band. They have a pointed black crest, red face patch and thin black moustach like line. The tail is long and brown with white tips and the vent area is red.

Breeding:

Most of the breeding activities occur between December to May in southern India and March to October. Their  nests are typically placed in bushes. The average clutch consists of 2 – 3 eggs. The eggs are incubated for about 12 days to hatching. The hatchlings only have feathers growing from specific tracts of skin. Both parents raise the young, feeding them and protecting them. The parents may fake injury to distract potential predators away from the nest. They usually only breed once a year. 

Diet:

Their main diet consists of various fruits ,nectar & insects. In captivity: Paradise Earth Premium Softbill Blend, Insect Blend, Zupreem Fruit Pellets and fresh fruit.