Red-whiskered Bulbul

Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)

Regulatory Status: Hawaii Injurious Wildlife (HAR 124). Federal Injurious Wildlife.It is prohibited to release Injurious Species into the wild; transport them to islands or locations within the State where they are not already established; and export into or out of the State.

Prevention and Control Category: None

redwhiskeredbulbulDescription

  • Bird to 17 cm (7 in) long with a black head and crest, and red patches under the eyes and tail. Also has a white throat, breast and underside; gray wings and back.

  • Male & females look similar

  • Native to India and Burma, brought to Hawaii as pets, possibly escaped, but may have been illegally released in the 1960’s.

Impacts

  • Pest of agriculture and gardens. Feeds on fruits, vegetables, flower buds, and insects.

  • Spreads the seeds of invasive plants, including miconia, ivy gourd and false kava.

  • Aggressively chases other birds and competes with them for food and space. There is concern that they may compete with native birds where they co-exist.

Distribution

  • Kauai: Not known to be present. All sightings should be reported to KISC or HDOA.

  • Oahu: Present in large numbers island-wide, although somewhat less numerous than red-vented bulbuls. Residents and agencies should prevent transport to neighbor islands.

  • Maui: Not known to be present. All sightings should be reported to MISC or DOFAW.

  • Big Island: Not known to be present. All sightings should be reported to BIISC or HDOA.

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