Red-whiskered Bulbul: Adults feeding juveniles

Juvenile Red-whiskered Bulbul.

A pair of Red-whiskered Bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) was nesting in my front neighbour’s garden. The nesting resulted in two chicks. And every evening at around 6.30-7.00 pm, the adult/s visit my garden with the two newly fledged chicks in tow.

Adult Red-whiskered Bulbul feeding juvenile.

Here, the adults forage for food to feed the hungry juveniles (video below).

The video above shows an adult picking on the young leaves of Cekur Manis (Sauropus androgynus), also known as Star Gooseberry, Sayur Manis and Sweet Leaf Bush. This is a traditional medicinal plant, used to treat fever, urinary problems and to relieve congestion. The leaves, prepared as a vegetable, are given to women after childbirth to stimulate milk production and recovery of the womb. The young leaves, flowers and fruits are also eaten raw or cooked.

Cekur Manis (Sauropus andrygynus).

Note that the adult has a tall black crest, white ear coverts and underparts, red ear-patch and undertail-coverts. The juveniles have a little shorter black crest, no red ear patch and undertail coverts are orangy.

Adult and juvenile Red-whiskered Bulbul.

YC Wee
Singapore
7th May 2018

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