Red-vented Bulbul – a common neighbourhood bird

Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)  | Order: Passeriforme | Family: Races: (a) nominate (b) bengalensis | Size: 20 cm

Hindi: Bulbul | Bangla: Bulbul | Marathi: Bulbul

The Red-vented Bulbul is one of the common birds seen around us and the commonest and most widespread Bulbul. Found all over the  subcontinent. Absent in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
They are seen mostly in pairs and sometime in small groups in parks, gardens, human habitations, open scrubs  and open deciduous forests. It has scaly brown upper parts, a partially crested black head, brown breast (scaled or streaked), crimson (red) patch below root of tail (vent) and a white rump. The white rump is visible in flight. 

Races are distinguished mainly by the breast and the nape which may be scaled or black depending on the race. (race Bengalensis has a darker brown breast) .

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