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.