I am thrilled to report that a pair of Cape Bulbuls seems to be looking for accommodation in our neighbourhood. I am very curious to see where they are going to build their nest.
A few seconds earlier, they’d been sitting companiably side by side, their feathers fluffed up slightly by the wind. I just wasn’t quick enough to change the camera settings, but I’m still pleased I got this one, because they fluttered off the very next moment.
I first saw the one last week, trilling away delightedly from a high branch. And I’ve heard him calling again several times last week, so perhaps he was telling his mate to come over and have a look at the new plot he’d found?
Here’s a description of the Black-Eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus), taken from The Wildlife of Southern Africa: A field guide to the animals and plants of the region, edited by Vincent Carruthers. They sound very similar to the Cape Bulbul:
“Black crested head. Yellow vent. Call: “chit, chit, chit…” in alarm, and several cheerful liquid calls. Bushveld and woodland, including suburbia, but not evergreen forests. Gregarious. N and E. Common resident.
Similar: Cape Bulbul (Pycnonotus capensis): White eye wattle. Brownish head. Endemic to extreme S and SW.”
“Cheerful liquid calls” – yep, that’s them alright!
Welcome to the neighbourhood!