Red-whiskered Bulbul birds

Red-whiskered bulbuls are a serious pest bird that:

  • damage fruit in commercial orchards and home gardens
  • spread weeds
  • compete with native bird species.

It is illegal to keep, transport, sell or release red-whiskered bulbuls in South Australia under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

In 2016 they were found wild in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region of South Australia with sightings at Houghton, Inglewood, Cudlee Creek and Mount Torrens.

Red-whiskered bulbul birds are the size of sparrows with an erect black crest and red cheek patch.

Report suspected sightings

All suspected sightings should be reported to the Pest Alert Hotline: Freecall - 1800 084 881

Watch the video below to learn about their jerky movements and loud distinctive calls:

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Page Last Reviewed: 25 Oct 2016
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