When a Red-vented Bulbul became a fantail as well as a wagtail…

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The Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) is easily recognised by its black head with a short crest and a white rump with a red vent. It has a prominent tail that constantly fans up and down. This is shown in Lakshmi Ravishankar‘s video while it feeds from a hanging feeding pan. Its display was interrupted by the arrival of two other bulbuls…

Fantails, belonging to the genus Rhipidura, gets its common name from its characteristic fan-shaped tail (below). The large tail is wagged from side to side or fanned… used to catch insects in flight.

PIed Fantail (Photo credit: Johnny Wee)

Wagtails (Motacilla spp.) are so named because of its characteristic constant tail wagging, used to flush insects during foraging forays (below).

White Wagtail (Photo credit: Lim Sheau Torng)

Lakshmi Ravishankar with Johnny Wee & Lim Sheau Torng
Pune, India
27th August 2016

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