Bulbuls are one of the most popular songbirds in India. They are also known as greenbuls, brownbuls or leafloves. About 130 species of bulbuls species are known to exist in Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Indonesia. some are even spread over the Indian oceans. They prefer the rainforests in the African continent while the plains are preferred in Asia.
The two genders of bulbuls are not different in looks. There does exist a difference in size in terms of the females. They are a bit smaller than their male counterparts. Some species have colorful feathers in yellow, red or orange colors. Their cheeks and throats are in different colors to give them the appearance of having a uniform on.
Their diet consists of fruit, seeds, nectar and even small insects. They are generally monogamous and prefer to spend their life with just a single partner. Female bulbuls sit over the eggs in open tree nests. Incubation could take up to 11-14 days. There can be up to five eggs at a time in a nest of a bulbul.
Several species of bulbuls have been made captives and have been sold as pets in tropical regions of the world. They attract a heavy price because of their shrill voice and plumage. Their propensity to sing makes them are well known for their cheerful nature. They are usually seen in pairs. Alternately, they move around in groups. They readily adapt themselves to foreign habitats, and so are quite common in cities as well as in forests.