Common bulbul

Pycnonotus barbatus

The common bulbul is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is a ubiquitous resident breeder throughout Africa. Other names include black-eyed bulbul and common garden bulbul.
Common Bulbul in Arusha National Park, Tanzania Very common throughout Africa, but not at all common for me as a European. Africa,Arusha,Arusha National Park,Common Bulbul,Pycnonotus barbatus,Tanzania

Appearance

The bill is fairly short and thin, with a slightly downcurving upper mandible. The bill, legs, and feet are black and the eye is dark brown with a dark eye-ring, which is not readily visible.

The dark-capped bulbul is mostly greyish-brown above and whitish-brown below, with a distinctive dark head and pointy crest on top of the head. The back of the head merges into the brown of the back, and the chin is also blackish. The underparts are grey-brown apart from white around the vent . It is about 18 cm in length, with a long tail. It has a dark brown head and upperparts. Sexes are similar in plumage.
Afternoon_play This bird wa splaying away in the Aberdare Ntaional Park in Kenya. There was a small swinger kept in the park in the memory of one of the tourists who died. The birds flocked in to dig in from fruits. Africa,Birds,Common Bulbul,Pycnonotus barbatus

Behavior

The black-eyed bulbul is usually seen in pairs or small groups. It is a conspicuous bird, which tends to sit at the top of a bush. As with other bulbuls they are active and noisy birds. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like. The call is a loud ''doctor-quick doctor-quick be-quick be-quick''.
Dark-capped_Bulbul2 Taken in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Common Bulbul,Pycnonotus barbatus,South Africa

Habitat

It is a common resident breeder in much of Africa. It is found in woodland, coastal bush, forest edges, riverine bush, montane scrub, and in mixed farming habitats. It is also found in exotic thickets, gardens, and parks.

This species nests throughout the year in the moist tropics, elsewhere it is a more seasonal breeder with a peak in breeding coinciding with the onset of the rainy season. The nest is fairly rigid, thick walled, and cup-shaped. It is situated inside the leafy foliage of a small tree or shrub.

Two or three eggs is a typical clutch. It, like other bulbuls, is parasitised by the Jacobin cuckoo.
Dark-capped bulbul Bulbul enjoying the South African sun. It looks kind of full. Birds,Common Bulbul,Dark-capped Bulbul,Drakensbergen,Pycnonotus barbatus

Reproduction

It is a common resident breeder in much of Africa. It is found in woodland, coastal bush, forest edges, riverine bush, montane scrub, and in mixed farming habitats. It is also found in exotic thickets, gardens, and parks.

This species nests throughout the year in the moist tropics, elsewhere it is a more seasonal breeder with a peak in breeding coinciding with the onset of the rainy season. The nest is fairly rigid, thick walled, and cup-shaped. It is situated inside the leafy foliage of a small tree or shrub.

Two or three eggs is a typical clutch. It, like other bulbuls, is parasitised by the Jacobin cuckoo.
Fluffy McBulbul Finding food is no issue for this fluffy Common Bulbul in Arusha National Park. Africa,Arusha,Arusha National Park,Common Bulbul,Pycnonotus barbatus,Tanzania

Food

This species eats fruit, nectar, and insects.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyPycnonotidae
GenusPycnonotus
SpeciesP. barbatus