The Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) is a member of the bulbul family of passerines. It is resident breeder across the Indian Subcontinent, including Sri Lanka extending east to Burma and parts of Tibet. Sexes are similar in plumage, but young birds are duller than adults. Their alarm calls are usually responded to and heeded by many other species of bird. It is included in the list of the world's 100 worst invasive alien species. They are considered as pests because of their habit of damaging fruit crops. These birds learn to avoid the repellent chemicals. They can also disperse the seeds of invasive plants like Lantana camara and Miconia calvescens. Red-vented bulbuls feed mainly on fruits, petals of flowers, nectar, insects and occasionally geckos.
This is a bird of dry scrub, open forest, plains and cultivated lands. In its native range it is rarely found in mature forests. A study based on 54 localities in India concluded that vegetation is the single most important factor that determines the distribution of the species.[
Lat: 10.24, Long: 77.49
Spotted on Apr 28, 2012
Submitted on Apr 29, 2012