Laurie and all,
Yes, Red-whiskered Bulbuls are common around most Blue Mountains
townships and extend west at least to Lithgow (where they can be seen
at the sewage ponds while you're scanning for Freckled and
Blue-billed Ducks). They've been recorded at Mt Tomah as far back as
the 1980s, perhaps earlier, although they weren't included on the
birdlist currently available at the gardens (which is not a complete
list). On recent visits I've noticed them particularly just below the
The Mt Tomah botanic gardens are indeed an excellent birding site and
one of the best spots in the Blue Mountains now for Gang-gangs. In
summer and autumn they can often be seen feeding on the walnuts and
the dogwood fruit.
Blue Mountains, NSW
At 4:37 PM +1100 20/3/16, Stephen Ambrose wrote:
>Mo (2015) reviewed the past and current status of the Red-whiskered
>Bulbul in Australia. With respect to the current status of the
>species in Sydney, he states:
>"The current extent of the population in the Greater Sydney Region
>extends as far north as Seaham and Raymond Terrace in the Hunter
>region (Blakers et al. 1984; Pizzey et al. 2007). The western
>extremities lie at the Blue Mountains and Goulburn River National
>Park (Hardy and Farrell 1990; Smith and Smith 1990; Fulton 2002).
>The population continues south to the Lake Wollumboola in the
>Shoalhaven region (Wood 1996; Chafer et al. 1999; Barrett et al.
>2003). Wood (1995) determined population densities of up to 4.17
>individuals per ha in Puckeys Reserve, near Wollongong. The
>population has also invaded semi-rural districts, especially in
>orchards (Gibson 1977; Frith 1979; Chafer et al. 1999). Since 2010,
>there have been 3703 database records attributed to the Greater
>Sydney Region population (ALA 2015)."
>Mo, M. (2015). The Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus in
>Australia - a global perspective, history of introduction, current
>status and potential impacts. Australian Zoologist 37(4):461-471.
>From: Birding-Aus On
>Behalf Of Charles
>Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2016 2:02 PM
>To: Laurie Knight
>Cc: Birding Aus
>Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Red-whiskered Bulbul at the Mt Tomah
>They appear fairly common to me in Paddington, I regularly see them there.
>I've recently seen them in Alexandria at Bunnings and I saw two at
>IKEA in Tempe recently also.
>+61 402 907 577
>> On 20 Mar 2016, at 10:49 AM, Laurie Knight <> wrote:
>> I'm not sure how common RWBs are in Sydney these days. I got some
>>nice shots of an adult at the Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens 2 weeks
>>ago. The TBG are a nice birdie spot to visit - there were also a
>>dozen Gang Gangs there as well.
> > Regard, Laurie.
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