At first we only saw this bird once on 29th May and didn’t see it again for a very long time! But finally, we started seeing it on one of our favourite trees and realized we have a few of them. We usually see them singly or in pairs, but once we saw 4 of them!! They are extremely adorable birds :3
Description: The Red-Whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) has a loud song and is a popular caged bird. It’s usually found in wooded areas. These bulbuls have a black crest on their heads and brown bodies. They have red patches next to their eyes and a red vent. Similar to the yellow-vented bulbul, they have white throats.
Status: Uncommon resident breeder.
Diet: Like most other bulbuls, it eats insects and fruits (like the fruits of the palm trees in some pictures below).
Fun fact: It was featured on the S$5 notes of the “Bird Series” currency notes released by the Monetary Authority of Singapore between 1976 and 1984.
8th September 2014
With our new 600mm lens, we took these extra sharp pictures! The bulbul is perching on a metal pole on the fence separating our pool from the forest. Bulbuls seem to like perching here. Isn’t he adorable :3
27th August 2014
Two little birds! And wait for it, the cutest red whiskered bulbul ever (last picture on this day)…
19th August 2014
Can you see the crest of the second bulbul peeking out?
Look at my bright red butt!
16th August 2014
Surveying the forest.
4th August 2014
We took the featured image today 🙂
It has a funny tail with large white patches.What is that?
29th July 2014
Today a pair of red whiskered bulbuls actually landed on a palm tree very close to our balcony!!! This was the first time we had seen them close up. They were really cute because one of them kept preening the other’s feathers but the other one just sat there, not doing anything. Terrible!
25th July 2014
Can’t really see this one’s red cheeks but it looks adorable anyway.
20th July 2014
Red whiskered bulbuls actually landed on the grass! They seemed to be pecking at something.
Back on the tree.
14th July 2014
Finally! After the first fleeting encounter with this elusive bird, we finally got to see them on one of our favourite trees! And not just one of them..
29th May 2014
We spotted this mystery bird in just a second before it flew off! At first we thought it might be a scarlet-backed flowerpecker, but those don’t have black heads. It turned out to be the red-whiskered bulbul! We never saw it again though (or at least we thought we wouldn’t see it again), but it is definitely a cute and interesting bird.