Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Red-whiskered Bulbul

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The Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) is a common bird around Karimannoor. It gets its name from the red patch below its eyes.

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The bird is native to South Asia but it has been introduced into parts of North America, such as Florida and Hawaii through unauthorised cage releases.

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The Bulbuls are mostly frugivorous, feeding on fruits, but they also take nectar and insect prey. Although they have been reported to feed in flocks, I`ve not seen more than a couple of them at any one time in Karimannoor.

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