BROWN-EARED BULBUL (Hypsipetes amaurotis) – (See images below)
NAME: ‘Bulbul’ is from Persian and means ‘nightingale’.
The brown-eared bulbul is extremely common in Japan. Its calls and songs could be heard many times mainly in the blossoming cherry trees (sakura), where the birds were searching for insects. The brown-eared bulbul is almost a foot long. The bird’s normal habitat is the forest, but it has adapted so well to urban areas that it is now a common sight in cities. The brown-eared is also considered as an agricultural pest in some areas because of their winter diet, made of fruits and seeds (for lack of insects in that season).