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:
- Red-whiskered bulbul fact sheet ()
- Red-whiskered bulbul fact sheet - Vietnamese ( or )
- Red-whiskered bulbul fact sheet - Cambodian ( or )
- Picture of a red-whiskered bulbul ()
- More red-whiskered bulbul information is available on the WA Department of Agriculture and Food website.