Pycnonotus zeylanicus

Written by on April 13, 2012 in Indonesia Bird with 0 Comments

Pycnonotus zeylanicus, Straw-headed bulbul, Cucak Rawa, Barau-barau


Shy and seldom seen, its powerful, musical warble is nonetheless often heard in Chek Jawa. Sometimes, two or three birds sing a bubbling chorus. Straw-headed bulbuls appear to prefer forest edges near water, such as streams, rivers and mangroves.

The Straw-headed bulbul is the largest bulbul in South-east Asia. It is a rather dull-coloured birds, with olive-brown upperparts and streaky underparts. It has an orangey cap, a black moustache and black stripe through and below the eye. The male and female look similar.

Bulbul food: Bulbuls eat mainly fruits although they will also snack on insects. They forage high in the trees.

Straw-headed baby: Straw-headed bulbuls breed in Singapore, building untidy, cup-shaped nests in trees. These are made of vines, small twigs and grass. Usually, two eggs are laid.

Human uses: The Straw-headed bulbul’s glorious song has made it a target of poachers for the caged bird trade.

Status and threats: They are listed on CITES II and listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.

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