I was up early to catch the Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) in their dawn chorus as the haze situation had improved during the last few days.
Instead of the Yellow-vented Bulbuls, I encountered a small flock of Red-whiskered Bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus). There were at least a dozen of them, if not more. Their songs, consisting of harsh but varied and lively whistles were a welcome change.
Initially gathering some distance away in a small clump of bamboo, they soon flew nearer to gather in the Golden Penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus) trees that line the road. These leafy trees kept them hidden but their songs remained loud and clear.
They then moved over to the taller Ceram Palms (Rhopaloblaste ceramica) where they became more visible. Perching high up on the back of the palm fronds, they continued their socialising and indulged in their morning comfort behavior, stretching their wings and preening their feathers. At least one bird was documented taking oil from their preen gland found at the base of the tail. The oil helps keep the feathers in good condition.
Bird Ecology Study Group Red-whiskered Bulbul and Golden Penda
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