Nests of the Yellow-vented Bulbul

on 21st February 2010

In August 2008 Lena Chow reported a pair of Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) incorporating a large piece of toilet paper into their nest.

Well, the bulbul pair are at it again. This time around, the pair is using “more tissue than ever before,” reports Lena (above left). The birds started building their nest around 2nd February 2010. Two eggs were laid and Lena is monitoring the situation. “Maybe they are tissue fetish,” muses Lena.

Over in Ipoh, in the Malaysian state of Perak, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS reported finding a nest of the Yellow-vented Bulbul fitted with a piece of styrofoam (above right).

It would appear that this common urban bulbul has full adapted to urban life, making use of whatever materials they come across to construct their nests.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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6 Responses

  1. what’s the incubation period for the yellow-vented bulbul.
    I spotted a nest on a climber Thursday last week and there were no eggs in even up to Friday morning. Then I saw two eggs on Monday this week and by Tuesday I saw the little chicks.

  2. I have got a pair of bulbuls build their nest at my garden, on one of my potted plants. Two eggs were laid, and ne of them hatched. The young grew quite fast, the feathers were full fledge tail is not (grown yet) about one week plus after it hatched. This morning it flew awayfrom its nest and never return, I am worried about its survival.

  3. Well, if the young bird managed to fly off the nest, it should be capable of survival. The parent birds should be around to keep an eye on the young until it is ready to lead an independent life. There is always the risk of being predated, whether for a young bird or an adult.

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