The Black Eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus) is a common bird in Southern Africa, but is one of my favorites as they are full of character. The Afrikaans name of “bottergat” meaning “butter bum” has to be more descriptive than the English version!
The Black-eyed Bulbul is usually seen in pairs or small groups. It is a conspicuous bird, which tends to sit at the top of a bush. As with other bulbuls they are active and noisy birds. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like. The call is a loud doctor-quick doctor-quick be-quick be-quick.
Afrikaans: Swartoogtiptol / bottergat
French: Bulbul des jardins
Dutch: Grauwe buulbuul
This is a distinctive, adaptable and very bold bird which has readily taken to living alongside humans. It is omnivorous which makes it superbly adapted to life around the restaurant areas in the game parks.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Feathered Friends
A laminated print
A framed print