Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosus

Martin Hale/VIREO
Red-whiskered Bulbul



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


Various chattering notes; a whistled queekey!


Residential areas, parks, and gardens.


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


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.


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.

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adult male


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