Breeding and Feeding Behavior of Pycnonotus cafer (Red-vented bulbul) in KHB Layout Hassan. Karnataka, India


  • Latha K



Pycononotus cafer, parental care, nesting ecology, anthropogenic, parental behavior


The breeding and feeding behavior of Pycnonotus cafer (Red vented bulbuls) was studied locally in Hassan KHB Layout, Karnataka, from January 2022 to July 2023. Red vented bulbuls nest building and feeding behavior, egg, clutch size, and hatchlings were studied. We noted nests in the surrounding area during the inspection. Both male and female birds actively participated in selecting the location and building the nest and the parental care was very pronounced. The size of the clutch determines the number of hatchlings. Environmental elements including the availability of food and nesting materials during breeding season have a direct impact on egg size, laying and hatchling development. Protein-rich invertebrate food is essential to both adult and newborn survival. The percentage of nests with two eggs per nest was 40%, and the percentage with three eggs per nest was 30%. A total of 17 red vented bulbul eggs were found in 10 nests.


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How to Cite

K, L. (2023). Breeding and Feeding Behavior of Pycnonotus cafer (Red-vented bulbul) in KHB Layout Hassan. Karnataka, India. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 50(1), 157–161.