Red Whiskered Bulbul

Pycnonotus jocosus

The red-whiskered bulbul is a passerine bird found in Asia. It is a member of the bulbul family. It is a resident frugivore found mainly in tropical Asia. It has been introduced in many tropical areas of the world where populations have established themselves. It feeds on fruits and small insects and they conspicuously perch on trees and their calls are a loud three or four note call.
Red whiskered bulbul and Oriental white eye || Bangalore || Aug 2021 Pycnonotus jocosus,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 loud and evocative call is a sharp ''kink-a-joo'' and the song is a scolding chatter. It is more often heard than seen, but will often perch conspicuously especially in the mornings when they call from the tops of trees. The life span is about 11 years.

Hybrids have been noted in captivity with ''Pycnonotus cafer'', ''Pycnonotus leucotis'', ''Pycnonotus xanthopygos'', ''Pycnonotus melanicterus'' and ''Pycnonotus leucogenys'' and leucism has been recorded. Several avian malaria parasites have been described from the species.
Red whiskered bulbul juvenile || Bangalore || Sept 2020 Pycnonotus jocosus,Red Whiskered Bulbul


The populations found across their range show a range of plumage variations and some of these are recognized as subspecies:
⤷  ''P. j. jocosus'', the nominate form is found in Hong Kong
⤷  ''P. j. fuscicaudatus'' of peninsular India has nearly complete breast band and no white tip to tail
⤷  ''P. j. abuensis'' of northwestern India is pale and has a broken breast band and no white tip to tail
⤷  ''P. j. pyrrhotis'' of the Terai is pale above with white tail tips and widely separated breast band
⤷  ''P. j. emeria'' of eastern peninsula and Ganges Delta is warm brown above with a slim bill and a long crest
⤷  ''P. j. whistleri'' is found in the Andaman Islands and has a warm brown above, a heavier bill and a shorter crest than ''emeria''
⤷  ''P. j. monticola'' is found in northeastern India and has darker upperparts than ''pyrrhotis''
⤷  ''P. j. pattani'' is found in Thailand
⤷  ''P. j. peguensis'' not always recognized was described from southern Burma
Red_Whiskered_bulbul The bullbul mainly feeds on fruits and small insects.They conspicuously perch on trees and their calls are a loud three or four note call.They are very passionate and their notes sounds like music. The distinctive crest and the red-vent and whiskers makes them easy to identify. These are very common in villages and also in urban regions. Geotagged,India,Pycnonotus jocosus,Red-whiskered Bulbul


This is a bird of lightly wooded areas, more open country with bushes and shrubs, and farmland. Irruptions have been noted from early times with Thomas C. Jerdon noting that they "periodically visiting Madras and other wooded towns in large flocks."

It has established itself in Australia, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Florida in the United States, and in the Mauritius, Assumption Island and Mascarene Islands. In Florida, it is only found in a small area, and its population could be extirpated easily.

The red-whiskered bulbul was introduced by the Zoological and Acclimatization Society in 1880 to Sydney, and became well established across the suburbs by 1920, and continued to spread slowly to around 100 km away. It is now also found in suburban Melbourne and Adelaide, although it is unclear how they got there.
Red Whiskered Bulbul [from my archives]  Fall,Geotagged,India,Pycnonotus jocosus,Red Whiskered Bulbul,avian,gnanabharathi,wildkarnataka


The red-whiskered bulbul feeds on fruits, nectar and insects.


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SpeciesP. jocosus