Red-whiskered Bulbul


(Pycnonotus jocosus)

A species originally introduced into the U.S. from India, a few small Red-whiskered Bulbul colonies are now established in Kendall, Florida (Miami area), Pasadena and Arcadia, California, and one or two other very local California spots.

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26 Responses to Red-whiskered Bulbul

  1. Jim says:

    We’ve noticed a few Red Whiskered Bulbuls lately for the first time in our backyard in Pasadena, Ca. At first we thought it was a strange Titmouse! 5/19/12.

    • john says:

      Indeed, Pasadena is one of the few places in the US where you can see this species. Not bad for a back yard bird!

  2. Jodie Keszek says:

    My husband got a picture of a red-whiskered bulbul in our Pasadena backyard today April 27, 2013. It was the first time we’d ever seen one, and it took over an hour to identify it! We’ve noticed quite a few birds new to our backyard over the past few years.

  3. Paul says:

    Saw four of them today, 4/9/2014, on Elizabeth Street. Couldn’t identify their song, looked out and hadn’t seen anything like them in our backyard before. Glad to know what they are. They were harassing one of our many resident squirrels.

  4. kelly says:

    I have a pair making a nest in my patio tree today. Arcadia, Ca.

  5. kelly says:

    These birds are the most interesting i have ever watched. The parents are moving them all over my yard tree to tree and they stay together. Now they are right outside my bathroom window in a camelia bush. They feed them and them call them to another tree. I assume they are teaching them to fly. They have total control over these 2 babies. No nonsense going on. I wish i had a good camera, let me try. They are so small and today getting a little point on their heads, Still no tails.

  6. kelly says:

    I do not know how to post pictures of them. I have several of the babies. Can i email them to you?

  7. kelly says:

    Parents are already building a new nest in my topiary.

  8. kelly says:

    We have new babies, can’t tell how many are in the nest. Hatched today.

  9. kelly says:

    I noticed a mockingbird hanging around my yard. Will they eat the babies? How do i deter them?

    • john says:

      While the Northern Mockingbird is well-known for its ferocity defending its own nest against any interlopers including humans, to my knowledge it does not predate the nests of other birds.

  10. Lisa says:

    We saw at the LA County Arboreteum on August 8. 2015. Beautiful bird!

  11. M. Luanne Murkar says:

    I have a pair in my back yard. I first saw them two years ago, and they disappeared. Now they’re bac! Love to see and hear them, here in Duarte, California.

  12. jellis says:

    I mostly find them in the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden and the joining neighborhood.

  13. Knight says:

    4 red wiskered bulbul in my yard in south pasadena january 1st 2019. Never seen them before. Beautiful chatty birds.

  14. Kate Borger says:

    I just saw 2 bathing in our pond. First time seeing them in Altadena

  15. Connie says:

    Has anyone ever seen this bird in Virginia?

    • john says:

      The only e-bird reports in the U.S.are from South Florida and Southern California, the two areas where the species is established in the wild.

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