Yellow-vented Bulbul: Fledging moment

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Mike Tan a.k.a. woof reported a failed nesting of the Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) last year. But in May this year he had better luck. Two chicks successfully fledged and he was there to document this important moment.

One of the chicks hopped out of the nest and perched on a nearby branch (above left). It flapped its wings but did not take off. This was repeated several times. The chick was still not ready to leave and returned to the nest to join its sibling and one of the parents (above right).

The chicks were fed after which the parent waited for the faecal sack to emerge from the vent, picked it up and disposed of it away from the nest (above left). Then, one of the chicks finally fledged (above right).

Images by Mike Tan.

This post is a cooperative effort between and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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