|To:||"Mules, Michael" <>, Ian Rainbow <>, Euan Fothergill <>, Keith Johnson <>, Ken Harris <>, Mark Fanthorpe <>, Andrew Wegener <>, Laurie Living <>|
|Subject:||Red vented BulBul|
|From:||Laurie Living <>|
|Date:||Mon, 14 Apr 2003 18:26:17 +1000|
I raised the question of the red-vented bulbul on birding-aus a year or so ago and am eager to see one. You may find my notes in the birding-aus archive and am interested in your ideas..
Nick Day has a small sketch of the red-vented bulbul in S and D field guide.
It seems the red-vented was released along with red-whiskered bulbul as part of the 'colonialisation' policy of the 19th century but it didn't survive as well as the red-whiskered has.
The last record I could find was by a BOCA member near Melbourne in 1987.
Red-whiskered bulbuls haven't survived very well in Melbourne either [in comparison with Sydney and south of that city] and occasionally turn up along the Yarra, Kew, Banyule Flats and a few other places in the suburbs.
Here in the Dandenong Ranges there are at least two small populations, one in FernTree Gully [reached up to 8 birds and breeding in 1999] and two or three birds in The Basin.
The FernTree Gully birds wrestled for food [they seemed to like grapes]and territory in the habitat of blackbirds, indian mynahs, red and brush wattlebirds and song thrush.
On recent trips to Borneo, Malaysia and Java I saw many bulbuls but not one red-whiskered. Someone suggested they had all been caught and caged because their calls-singing was prized.
Mules, Michael wrote:
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