Red vented BulBul

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
Hi there

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.


Laurie Living


Mules, Michael wrote:
As far as I'm aware (and I could well be wrong), Red-vented Bulbul is extinct in Australia.  Red-whiskered is all we have left.
Slater etal list it as probably extinct, and none of the subsequent fieldguides (P&K, S&D, Morecombe) have an entry for it.
-----Original Message-----
From: K,K&E Lindsay [m("","kate.corbyn");">]
Sent: Wednesday, 9 April 2003 5:12 PM
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Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Red vented BulBul

Has anyone in Melb seen a red vented Bul Bul?
I am just interested.
because evrey time I visit Melb im always looking for red vents,and neva have any luk.
So Im wondering if anyone has seen one.

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