Fun Yellow-vented Bulbul Facts For Kids

Anamika Balouria
Oct 20, 2022 By Anamika Balouria
Originally Published on Sep 02, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
Fact-checked by Pradhanya Rao
Read these yellow-vented bulbul facts to know more about this nomadic bird.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 6.1 Min

The yellow-vented bulbul was first described by an Austrian naturalist, Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, in 1786. These birds are native to southeastern countries like India, China, and the Philippines. They are common birds in cultivated areas and are thus well known for their nomadic lifestyle.

The male and female both look alike and are difficult to differentiate. Their name comes from a yellow patch of feathers under their tail around the vent area. The female yellow-vented bulbul lays two to five eggs in a clutch and both parents take care of their newly born fledglings. They are categorized as songbirds because they have pleasant and sweet vocals.

This bird species eats berries and small fruits. They also feed on nectar, nibble on young shoots and small insects. Their small black conical tilted bill helps them to forge and hold food very easily. Human activities such as deforestation contribute to their artificial habitat.

Learn some interesting and surprising fun facts about other birds such as the bower bird and the flame bowerbird.

Yellow-Vented Bulbul Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a yellow-vented bulbul?

The yellow-vented bulbul is a medium-sized passerine bird well known for its songs or vocals. These bird species are also known as the eastern yellow-vented bulbul. They are also well known as nomadic birds as they can be seen flying and forging from one place to another on a regular basis.

What class of animal does a yellow-vented bulbul belong to?

The yellow-vented bulbul, Pycnonotus goiavier, belongs to the class of Aves and the family of Passeriformes, unlike hummingbirds.

How many yellow-vented bulbuls are there in the world?

The exact number of these species is unknown and they are found throughout the year. Human activities such as deforestation typically help them to increase their population as they are habitual of living in such artificial surroundings.

Where does a yellow-vented bulbul live?

These bird species are native to Southeast Asian countries. They are found in India, China, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In Indonesia, they are mostly seen in Borneo, Bali, and Sumatra.

What is a yellow-vented bulbul's habitat?

The yellow-vented bulbuls appear to be nomadic. They have a number of open habitats. They are common birds in cultivated areas and are mostly seen near moist tropical forests, dry woodlands, which even include the shoals of rivers, marshes, rural gardens, and urban areas.

Who do yellow-vented bulbuls live with?

The yellow-vented bulbul, Pycnonotus goiavier, is seen singing in pairs many times. Though there is not much evidence available in context to their group numbers. They lay two to five eggs in a clutch.

How long does a yellow-vented bulbul live?

The yellow-vented bulbul's life expectancy is not estimated and is unknown. Generally, the life of an adult bulbul is up to 11 years.

How do they reproduce?

There is not much evidence available in the context of their breeding. They breed during the months of February and June. They are, in general, known as multi-brooders as most of their nests are found all around the year in tropical regions. They are even called nomads. The yellow-vented bulbul builds a small, delicate, loose, deep cup-shaped nest with dry grass, leaves, and small twigs, which appears to be rough from the outside while being neatly built from the inside. Many times, their nest can also be seen in the plant pot at home. The yellow-vented bulbul lays eggs in clutches and one clutch consists of two to five eggs each. They are incubated by the female and it lasts for 12-13 days. The newborn fledgling is taken care of by both parents for one month and is fed independently from the fourth day. Both the male and the female equally contribute to building the nest until the fledgling grows into a young bulbul.

What is their conservation status?

The yellow-vented bulbul is on the Least Concern list by IUCN. They appear to be nomadic and are found throughout their native places.

Yellow-Vented Bulbul Fun Facts

What do yellow-vented bulbuls look like?

The yellow-vented bulbul description is similar to any other bulbul bird. They are medium-sized birds with brown and black plumage on the upper side of their bodies, whereas, the lower parts near the belly and throat are white and cream in color. They have a small black conical bill tilted downward from the pointed edge. On their heads, they have a dark brown to black thin marking between their two black eyes, which looks like headgear. Under their tail near the vent, there is a patch of yellow feathers which also names them the yellow-vented bulbul. Both the species, male and female, look the same. The legs and feet are gray in color. The eggs laid are white in color with many dark brown small spots all over the egg, which camouflages well with the surroundings. The newborn fledglings are light pink to pale black in color with closed eyes.

Yellow-vented bulbul has a yellow patch of feathers around their vent area under tail.

How cute are they?

These bulbul bird species are like any other bird. For a while, their looks might not be appealing, but their voices are cute as they have very musical vocals.

How do they communicate?

They use their voices to communicate with each other. The yellow-vented bulbul call varies from dawn to dusk. In the morning, they have a simple gurgling sound, while during the day their call is comparatively longer. Many times, the pair are seen singing together.

How big is a yellow-vented bulbul?

The yellow-vented bulbul, Pycnonotus goiavier, is a medium-sized bird. They are 7.5-8 in (19-20.5 cm) long, unlike the secretary bird which is 44-59 in (112-127 cm) long.

How fast can a yellow-vented bulbul move?

Usually, the flying speed of these birds has not been recorded. They are generally known to be nomadic birds and would fly like other bulbul birds.

How much does a yellow-vented bulbul weigh?

The yellow-vented bulbul, Pycnonotus goiavier, weighs 0.8-1.3 oz (24-37 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

The yellow-vented bulbul male and female species do not have any such specific name. They are simply known as bulbul.

What would you call a baby yellow-vented bulbul?

The newborn babies of these species are called fledglings and chicks.

What do they eat?

The yellow-vented bulbul, Pycnonotus goiavier, eats berries and small fruits like figs. They feed on nectar, nibble on young shoots and seeds from flowers. Many times, the yellow-vented bulbul food diet consists of small insects like invertebrates, termites, grasshoppers, scarab beetles, ants, and flies.

Are they dangerous?

No, they are not at all dangerous. Rather, they are known to be beautiful singers with sweet vocals that are very pleasant to hear around. In the context of humans, no such danger or harm is evident. So, they can be considered friendly towards humans.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, they would make a good pet because of their artificial habitat. The yellow-vented bulbul habitat is such that they live in a range of open habitats. They are harmless birds that are often found in gardens, potted plants, and fields.

Did you know...

These bird species are very protective of newborn fledglings. If they fail to find their newborn in the nest due to predation, they often make loud cry and noises.

These species have six subspecies widely distributed in Southeast Asia.

Bulbuls such as the common bulbul mate for life.

The yellow-vented bulbul range map

Their range map extends from southeastern countries like India and China to the Philippines. Other countries, such as Indonesia and Thailand, are also on their range map.

Is yellow-vented bulbul native to Singapore?

This species is commonly found in Singapore and is mostly spotted around mangroves in rural-urban areas.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn about other birds such as toco toucan interesting facts and keel-billed toucan facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable yellow vented bulbul coloring pages.

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Written by Anamika Balouria

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Bachelor of Education specializing in Secondary Education and Teaching, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Anamika BalouriaBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Bachelor of Education specializing in Secondary Education and Teaching, Master of Arts specializing in English

A dedicated and enthusiastic learner, Anamika is committed to the growth and development of her team and organization. She holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in English from Daulat Ram University and Indira Gandhi Institute for Open Learning respectively, as well as a Bachelor of Education from Amity University, Noida. Anamika is a skilled writer and editor with a passion for continual learning and development.
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