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Red-vented bulbul

Pycnonotus cafer


Slate-gray bird with darker, almost black, head and tail ~ 20 cm long.


Suburban area on a mesic, tropical, insular lowland plateau.


Spotted perched in my wiliwili (Erythrina sandwicensis) tree. That tree is summer deciduous and has just begun to leaf. I went outside to document its early leafing appearance and noticed the bird. It was quite cheeky and did not take flight as I approached, so it naturally ended up in the picture I took. I cropped that picture to get what is posted here. Unfortunately, the red vent is not visible. This species is invasive in Hawaii.

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Allen Hoof
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Allen Hoof

Mililani, Hawaii, United States

Spotted on Oct 27, 2020
Submitted on Oct 27, 2020

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