Yellow-vented Bulbul juveniles visit our home!

We are extremely fortunate that our rooftop garden attracts a variety of birds. Our regular visitors include the Olive-backed sunbirds, Brown-throated sunbirds, Zebra Doves and Yellow-vented Bulbuls. Occasionally we get Oriental-white eyes and Scarlet-backed flowerpeckers. The Olive-backed sunbirds, last year, made a nest in our balcony and we had the pleasure of watching the whole process, from the nest being built to the chicks being fed and taken care of. It was always a dream of mine to see the bulbuls raise their chicks in our home as well! It was so exciting, to see, a few days ago, a juvenile Yellow-vented Bulbul sit on the mulberry tree in our balcony and the parent to come and feed it. SONY DSCSONY DSC We thought that it would just be a one-time visit from the juvenile, but little did we know that we would see not one but two juveniles visit our home almost everyday for the next few days (still counting!) SONY DSC We leave fruit pieces like papaya and apple for them in a pot. They stay on the trees and pots of our garden and balcony from early morning to late afternoon, while the parents get the food and feed them. One of the parents usually takes the fruit we leave in the pot, and the other parent flies off to get worms or berries! SONY DSCSONY DSC Patiently waiting for their parents to come and feed them: SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSC When the parents come nearby, the juveniles open their beaks and chirp wildly with excitement. It is hilarious to watch them turn from cute, innocent creatures to crazy and eccentric! SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC We feel like the parents chose our home as a place to take care and feed the juveniles because they’ve always loved our garden, the variety of fruit trees, and also the fruit pieces/cores that are left for them. Maybe they also feel it is safe! Or so I’d like to think 🙂 The juveniles may fight over food, but eventually the sibling rivalry wears off and they take a moment to cuddle. SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC It’s such a joy to watch the feeding, that one second where the parent carefully places it in the juveniles mouth for it to swallow. SONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC I finally got a picture of the two chicks and one of the parents together. It was like a beautiful family portrait, but it was just missing the other parent (which was probably on the hunt for some protein-filled worms!)SONY DSC Mommy/Daddy, are you going to feed us or not? SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC Landing on the tree like a boss! SONY DSC I always take the pictures from either inside my home or at a safe distance so that the juveniles and bulbul are not scared/uneasy of me. SONY DSCSONY DSC SONY DSC The bulbul family is still coming to our home every day. The juveniles seem big enough to eat by themselves, but are still waiting to be fed. I’m sure the day will come soon when they’re all grown up and independent! Do wait for the next blogpost with some video footage of the bulbul family!


18 thoughts on “Yellow-vented Bulbul juveniles visit our home!

    1. Thank you Tanvi! Yes, it was (and still is) an amazing experience to see the bulbul juveniles being brought up! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Christy! I really appreciate your comments 🙂 And yes, I feel quite blessed!

  1. Ahhh SO FLUFFY ❤ All the "faces" they make are absolutely adorable! You're really fortunate to have bulbuls come so close to you. I also love how the bulbuls' actions are captured in all of your photosss
    Thanks for sharing these pictures + the bulbuls' cuteness :3

  2. Hi Lavanya
    You have taken some brilliant pictures. You have exploited the features of your camera very well especially focusing nearby objects and making the back ground out of focus through larger aperture settings.
    Great account of the

    1. Thank you, I will try! School work is getting very stressful and crucial- unfortunately. Thanks a lot for your support, I’m quite honored you like reading about my adventures 🙂

      1. Thank you 🙂 I try to find a little time everyday to connect with nature- I feel that’s important for everyone to do no matter how busy we are!

  3. What a joy to see these little birds in action, and to see how caring and protective the parents are of their well-being! I am in Israel now and just recently saw a flurry of birds on a trail where I saw many yellow-vented bulbuls two summers ago – I wasn’t close enough to know for sure. You are SO fortunate to have these right outside your home!!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you liked reading my experience 🙂 It is quite a joy and they are still visiting everyday diligently! They love the papaya we leave for them. I feel so blessed to be able to watch them grow up!

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