Terrestrial Bulbul

Yet another new, and fairly unlikely bird has turned up at the Cavern. The Terrestrial Bulbul is confined to damp evergreen forests, being common at the coast, but increasingly rare inland. Only once or twice has it ever been seen in Berg forests. It is difficult to see anyway, being plain dull brown except for a contrasting white throat.

terrestrial bulbul

It lurks in deep dark undergrowth, always on the forest floor. Here it is quite busy, jumping around, endlessly picking up leaves and other litter and throwing it in the air. The behaviour is diagnostic, and improves prospects of finding hidden insects. Two birds were seen doing this near the path leading from the big tin shed to the main road.

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