Hawaii Biological Survey's


[Good Guys & Bad Guys Home | About This Site | Card List | HBS Home | Bishop Museum Home

  BAD GUY   
26. Red-Vented Bulbul

Scientific name: Pycnotus cafer

Classification: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Aves

Origin: Introduced from India in the 1950s or 1960s; illegal caged release.

Status: Common

Distribution: O`ahu only

Sound file:

Map: --

This species is one of two bulbuls that occur in Hawai‘i. 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 O‘ahu. 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.