Here's the proud mum.
Date of photo below: 10 May 2004
Date of photo below: 11 May 2004
Date of photo below: 13 May 2004
Date of next 4 photos: 18 May 2004. Shortly after that, they flew off.
NOTE: To get a better view, click on any of the photos and you will be brought to my phato album hosted at Flickr.com.
Ever since I started blogging about these wonderful creatures, I have done a bit a reading up.
The name of this bird as you already know is the Yellow-Vented Bulbul. It is one of the most common birds in Singapore. They are found nearly everywhere except in the deep forest. Originally from the mangroves and coastal scrub, they have adapted to become one of the most common birds in cultivated areas (parks, gardens, and plantations).The success of the Yellow-Vented Bulbul is probably due to their wide ranging diet of both plants and animals. They are fond of berries and small fruits, especially figs and cinnamon tree fruits. They sip nectar, nibble on young shoots, and snack on insects. They forage in bushes and trees for berries and insects, and may even catch swarming insects on the wing.
Yellow-Vented Bulbuls breed widely in Singapore in February to June. Courtship involves wing and song displays. They raise and lower the crown crest as they sing. Yellow-Vented Bulbuls build well-camouflaged but flimsy, loose, deep, cup-shaped nests. They use grass, leaves, roots, vine stems, twigs. The nest may be untidy on the outside but are neatly lined with plant fibres. They nest in a wide range of places from low bushes, creepers to high trees. They are so used to humans that they may even nest in ornamental plants in residential gardens and even balconies! 2-5 eggs are laid, variable in colour from white to pinkish, with lots of reddish-brown to lavender spots. Both parents incubate and raise the young.
You can view some stunning photos of the Yellow-Vented Bulbul here (courtesy of bocavermelhaL.B.)