A pair of Cape Bulbuls

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 pair of Cape Bulbuls

A pair of Cape Bulbuls

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!

2 thoughts on “A pair of Cape Bulbuls

    • Thanks, Slam! 🙂

      I didn’t use to be so fascinated by birds, but now that I’ve realised how many there are even here in suburbia, in the midst of a megalopolis, it’s just so entertaining to watch them all!

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