The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

African Red-eyed Bulbul

Afrikaans name: Rooioogtiptol

African Red-eyed Bulbul

African Red-eyed Bulbul

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Pycnonotus nigricans

Those living in the eastern half of South Africa will be very familiar with the Dark-capped Bulbul which is also known as the Black-eyed Bulbul. The African Red-eyed Bulbul fills a similar role in the drier western regions of South Africa.

These Bulbuls are common and quite comfortable living near people and are often found in gardens. They have a cheerful call which will be familiar with most people.

They are most commonly found near human habitation or along watercourses.

The African Red-eyed Bulbul reaches a length of around 20 cm. Male and female have the same plumage.

Various items are eaten by these birds. On the menu are things like fruit, nectar, insects and spiders. Seeds are also eaten at times.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 146

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 225

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 34

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 121

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 312

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 492

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 298

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 497

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 371

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 383

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 306

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 306

Know your Garden Birds - Author: - Published: 0 - Page: 18

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 220

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 100

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 89

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 184

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 55

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 72

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 89

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 72

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 219


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