Dawn chorus: Red-whiskered Bulbul variant

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The dawn chorus in my urban neighbourhood has changed in composition.

Red-whiskered Bulbul and Singapore Rhododendron  (Photo credit: YC Wee)
Red-whiskered Bulbul and Singapore Rhododendron (Photo credit: YC Wee)

Instead of the audio feast generated by the many Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier), I now get the harsher callings of the Red-whiskered Bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus). The Yellow-vented Bulbuls are still around but they are in the minority.

The timing of the dawn chorus remains more or less the same, beginning at around 0645 hours and continuing for about 20 minutes or so.

The invasion of the Red-whiskered Bulbuls into the neighbourhood has mostly displaced the Yellow-vented Bulbuls LINK. This comes with a visual treat, not so an audial feast.

YC Wee
22nd August 2017


2 Responses

  1. Daisy O'Neill

    Morning YC,

    Yes, I have noticed since about June onwards there seemed to be frequent sightings of this introduced species on mainland Penang.P Malaysia
    What used to be accepted as religious release from devotees of Taoist” s temples, they are now breeding locally as juveniles have been spotted.
    Mornings were noted best times to see them in competition foraging with popular, resident Yellow -vented Bulbuls.


  2. Thanks for the feedback Daisy.


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