Yellow-vented Bulbul feeding chicks

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Birdwatchers and bird photographers generally ignore the common Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier). However there is much to learn of this species.

YVB-feeding [LilianSng]

The images (above, below) show an adult flying to the nest where two hungry chicks are begging to be fed. Note the wide gapes of the chicks, highlighting the bright red inner surface of the buccal cavity. The gape is lined with a narrow band, the swollen oral flanges. The gape acts as food target for the adult.

YVB-feeding [LilianSng]

The two video clips were documented in June 2015 from the third level of a block of apartments. The first (below) shows the adult flying twice to the nest with food between its bill, first to feed one chick, then feeding the other.

The video below shows the adult, with food in its bill, stopping nearby and only flew to the nest when the coast was clear.

The nest was built on top of a small bush found near a passageway outside the block’s lift lobby.

Lilian Sng
22nd February 2016

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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