Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hibiscus-seeking Bulbuls

Yellow Vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) love to visit Hibiscus plants, to partake of its sweet offerings or merely to perch and chill out.

To access the sweet nectar, the Bulbul will perch on the stem just behind the flower stalk. It then insert its beak into the base of the flower and drink long and hard.

  A red Hibiscus rosa sinensis from a bush in my garden.

When satiated, they like to perch on its stems and branches to soak in the filtered sunlight.

They often hang out in pairs. Male and females birds are  similiar in plumage.

Most of the time it is really easy to spot them as I have many Hibiscus plants. 

This bush was propagated from a cutting.

Its flowers point upwards while ... 

the flowers of this species (our national flower) point downwards.


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