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.
Wagtails (Motacilla spp.) are so named because of its characteristic constant tail wagging, used to flush insects during foraging forays (below).
Lakshmi Ravishankar with Johnny Wee & Lim Sheau Torng
27th August 2016