Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Today's Bird: The Red-Vented Bulbul

Today's bird is the Red-Vented Bulbul.  Just to help you dissect the name, Red-Vented is a nice way of saying that it has a red hindquarter, which is pretty evident from the photo.  The Red-Vented Bulbul lives in the Pacific Islands, but some crazy people brought 2 birds to Texas years ago.  Turns out it was a male and a female and now there's an established flock living in Houston, Texas.  I ran into two of them in the Montrose neighborhood near Baby Barnaby's (a great place for breakfast!) on June 9, 2012.  It took me awhile to identify it because it was such an odd bird, but with some careful bird guide work (and a little help from Emma) we figured it out.  Turns out if you see one, they ask you to submit some special paperwork, so I even got to send in a form about how and what the bird was doing.  Pretty sweet.

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