Sunday, 26 March 2017

Bulbul Birds Have Great Team Work Qualities

 Excerpts taken from here

The yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is resident breeder in southeast Asia from southern Thailand and Cambodia south to Borneo and the Philippines. It is found in a wide variety of open habitats, but not deep forest. It is one of the most common birds in cultivated areas. They appear to be nomadic, roaming from place to place regularly.

The yellow-vented bulbul builds a well-camouflaged but fragile, loose, deep, cup-shaped nest from grass, leaves, roots, vine stems, and twigs. The nest is untidy on the outside, but it is neatly lined with plant fibers. It may be built in a wide range of places from low bushes to high trees. This is a species adapted to humans and may even nest in gardens. The yellow-vented bulbul lays 2–5 eggs in February to June. The yellow-vented bulbuls eats berries and small fruits. They also sip nectar, nibble on young shoots, and take some insects.

Recently, a pair of bulbul birds built their nest on my bamboo plant.  I have lost count as to how many pairs have come to build their nest in my garden. This pair may be the 8th pair thus far BUT they are the first pair for 2017.  They possess great teamwork qualities which greatly amazes me. From building the nest to hatching the eggs, to feeding the nestlings, they really worked non-stop..taking turns to feed the nestlings after they were hatched. Married couples should look upon these bulbul birds as role models for great team work and success !

The moment they have decided which part of the bamboo plant to build the nest, they will be flying in and out of the porch ,where my bamboo plant is , carrying twigs in their beaks to start building the framework for their nest.  Amazing, how they can build a nest in two days.  Here are some pictures I took to show the success of a great team work!

 their nest is untidy on the outside but the inside is neatly lined with plant fiber

this love birds will take turns to warm the eggs
which two numbers each time

by the end of two weeks , the nestlings were hatched and
these are more than 5 days old chicks :)

waiting for the parents to feed them with worms

when they are not feeding the chicks, they were seen perched on the gate,
guarding their chicks from afar and having some loving moments together

under the tender loving care of the parents , the chicks soon learns to
fly....the act is amazing and I was there to watch the whole process
the parents will be tweeting and making a lot of noise to encourage
the chick to fly and the mother bird will show the chick how
to is indeed a joy to witness the chicks taking their first flight :)

 first flight is not smooth, the chick landed on my rangoon creeper
the mother bird will tweet even louder ....encouraging the chick
to try flying again...its like telling her chick not to give up
and finally , the chick manages to fly off and join the parents
and the happy family flew off....the sky is the limit

A beautiful sight to witness......I guess the parents will still be
teaching the chicks how to look for worms and teaching them
about survival :)


  1. We are more anxious and excited than their own mother. Ha ha!

    1. Haha yes, Nan I am one anxious one, like my own babies :p