Backyard Birds

Common Bulbuls (Pycnonotus barbatus)

The Common Bulbuls (Pycnonotus barbatus) is distributed throughout Africa in areas except dense forest and treeless expanses. This bold bird had adapted well to living alongside humans.

The Common Bulbul measures about 18cm in length, including a long tail.

It has a dark brown head and upperparts. The underparts are grey-brown apart from white or yellow, depending on the subspecies, around the vent. Males and females look alike in plumage.

The call is descrobed as a loud doctor-quick doctor-quick be-quick be-quick.

Common Bulbuls mainly feed on fruit and insects, but are almost omnivorous.

They build their nests in trees or bushes. The typical clutch consists of two or three eggs..


Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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