Common Bulbul

Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus

Type of Animal:

Woodland, coastal bush, riverine bush, forest edge, montane scrub, mixed farming habitats, exotic thickets, gardens, parks, orchards, oases, bush habitats w/ sufficient abundance of fruiting trees/shrubs, bush areas near water, arable land, plantations, desert, forest, savanna, shrubland, marshes, swamps, bogs, peatland, areas near/around permanent rivers/streams/creeks, areas near/around waterfalls, areas w/ fruiting trees, wetlands, areas near/around human habitation

Africa & far S Spain

Fairly short thin bird w/ dark brown head/upper body, black bill/legs/feet, eye dark brown w/ dark eye ring, pallid belly, long tail w/ whiter undertail in N part of range & yellow undertail in S part of range, slightly downcurving upper mandible

Fruit, nectar, seeds, insects, flowers, small lizards, shoots, buds, spiders

Status in Wild:

Flocks of 2-30 birds

Additional Info:

Male: Cock
Female: Hen
Young: Chick
Group: Flock

Male: 1.2-1.74 oz
Female: 1.02-1.48 oz

2 weeks

Life Span:
11 years

Male: 7.8 in
Female: 5.9 in

Body Length:
Male: 7.8 in
Female: 5.9 in

Tail Length:
2.8 in, same for both sexes

These are very active & noisy birds.

Nests fairly rigid, thick-walled, & cup-shaped.

These birds usually lay 2-3 eggs per clutch.

Nests often parasitized by Jacobin/Pied Cuckoos, which eat bulbul eggs before laying own eggs in bulbul nests. 

These birds make harsh chattering calls.

These birds are fast fliers.

These already common birds increasing in wild due to human activity. These birds highly adaptable thriving in most habitats. 

These birds are resident throughout range.

These birds can be crop pests.

Fun Fact(s):
National bird of Liberia.

These birds sometimes kept as pets.

Also called common garden bulbul, garden bulbul, black-eyed bulbul, brown bulbul, brown-capped geelgat, white-vented bulbul, yellow-vented bulbul, & pepper bird.

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