The Persian word ‘Bolbol’ is supposed to be the origin of the now common term – Bulbul. Meaning a ‘Nightingale’ in the Persian language, this small little passerine with a chirpy sweet voice is possibly a deserving avian for this name. A Passerine, Bulbuls generally have short wings and a long tail. The Bulbul is a monogamous bird and often bonds for life. The closely knit family of two can often be found together, especially before courtship. The eggs are incubated by the female in nests in bushes or low level branches, and the male often feeds the female during incubation. Once hatched, the pair, and in some cases, even earlier siblings, come over to help raise the new brood.

Bulbuls at Kabini

Bulbul

Ancient mythology has it that the chirpy song of the Bulbul has sustained many lovesick princesses shut away in remote castles, apart from helping wounded soldiers lying on the battlefields recover from their wounds.

bulbul, Kabini

Sustaining the Lovesick…

There are over 130 species of the Bulbuls around the globe, and the famous Red Vented Bulbul and Red Whiskered Bulbul can be found in abundance at Orange County, Kabini. Their beautiful calls are wonderful wakeup alarms in the morning, and they can be found throughout the day, darting between bushes and trees.

Bulbul in Kabini

Adorning Kabini…