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Red-vented Bulbul

Pycnonotus cafer

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A dark, sleek, medium-sized bird with a black crest and a white rump. The red color under the tail is often difficult to see. Eats fruit, flower buds, and insects. Conspicuous and sometimes gregarious, often seen high in trees or perched on wires. Calls include a variety of chirps and whistles. Similar to Red-whiskered Bulbul, but larger with dark underparts, a shorter crest, and a black head. Native to southeast Asia. Introduced to several Polynesian Islands, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and the Hawaiian Islands. In Hawaii, common in forest, suburban areas, and parks on Oahu only.

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