Introduced by Europeans, the Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus is a small bird with short wings and an erect crest. A previous introduction, the Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer, was established for a period but is now extinct in Australia.

Scientific name: Pycnonotidae (family)

Red-whiskered Bulbul

The Red-whiskered Bulbul is a native of southern Asia.  Since its introduction into Australia in 1880, it has become a familiar sight in Sydney’s urban parks and gardens, where it feeds on a variety of native and introduced fruits, supplemented with insects. Birds were also successfully introduced into Melbourne, but no records are available as to when this occurred.  Although, the Melbourne population has...