Cape Bulbul (Pycnonotus capensis)

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.

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.  

The Cape Bulbul’s diet is varied and will feed on fruit, nectar and insects.
Their calls are described as a liquid whistle of two or more varied notes pit-peet-pitmajol, piet-piet-patata.

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