Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosus

adult
Martin Hale/VIREO
Red-whiskered Bulbul

Family

Description

8" (20 cm). Grayish above, whitish below, with long conspicuous black crest, red cheek patch and undertail coverts, and black, white-tipped tail.

Voice

Various chattering notes; a whistled queekey!

Habitat

Residential areas, parks, and gardens.

Range

Native to Southeast Asia. Introduced and established in region around Miami, Florida.

Discussion

This species has long been adapted to living in the vicinity of towns and villages in Southeast Asia, and is now successful in suburban Miami. Bulbuls are noisy, gregarious birds, usually traveling in flocks in pursuit of insects and fruit.

Nesting

2-4 pinkish-white eggs, spotted with reddish brown, in a cup of dead leaves and grass that is lined with fine roots and hair and placed in a bush or small tree.

Similar Species

adult

Cedar Waxwing

6 1/2-8" (17-20 cm). Smaller than a robin. A sleek, crested, brown bird with black mask, yellow tips (sometimes reddish) on tail feathers, and hard red wax-like tips on secondary wing feathers.

Bohemian Waxwing

7 1/2 -8 1/2" (19-22 cm). A sleek, gray-brown, crested bird. Similar to Cedar Waxwing but larger, grayer, and with conspicuous white wing patches and rusty (not white) undertail coverts.

adult male

Phainopepla

7-7 3/4" (18-20 cm). Larger than a sparrow. A slender, elegant bird with a conspicuous crest, longish tail, and upright posture. Male glossy black, with 2 white wing patches that show only in flight.

Vireo

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