Common Bulbul

The Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus), is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is a widespread resident breeder throughout Africa. This bird is found everywhere except dense forest and treeless expanses.

The Common Bulbul is about 7 inches in length, with a long tail. It has a dark brown head and upperparts. The underparts are gray-brown apart from white or yellow, depending on the subspecies, around the vent. Sexes are similar in plumage. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like. The call is a loud doctor-quick doctor-quick be-quick be-quick.

Common Bulbuls mainly feed on fruit and insects, but are almost omnivorous. It builds its nest in a tree or bush. Two or three eggs is a typical clutch. This is an adaptable and very bold bird which has readily taken to living alongside humans.

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