This bird with its liquid whistle was spotted among the tall trees in Steenbok Nature Reserve.
The Cape Bulbul measures 19-21 cm in length. Males and females look alike.
The plumage is mainly dull, blackish brown. It has distinctive white eye-rings and yellow undertail coverts (feathers).
The head has a small crest. The short, straight bill, legs and feet are black and the iris is dark brown.
NESTING / BREEDING
You will begin to see more of these birds from September to November. They will usually nest in the foliage of a small tree or shrub in particular searsia pyroides, Bulbuls are particularly fond of the fruit of this species.
DIET / FEEDING
The Cape Bulbul’s diet is varied and will feed on fruit, nectar and insects.
CALLS / VOCALIZATIONS
Their calls are described as a liquid whistle of two or more varied notes pit-peet-pitmajol, piet-piet-patata.
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