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Scientific name: Pycnotus cafer
Classification: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Aves
Origin: Introduced from India in the 1950s or 1960s; illegal caged release.
Distribution: O`ahu only
This species is one of two bulbuls that occur in Hawaii. The other is the red-whiskered bulbul. This bird is a noisy garden pests and eat orchid bulbs as well as many types of fruits. In 1989, it caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to the orchid industry on Oahu. Bulbuls also are aggressive and are probably displacing many native birds.See also card. no. 70, the Asian Spinyback Spider
|Photo courtesy of Andrew Engilis, Jr.|