Florida's Exotic Wildlife. Species detail.
First year: 1960's
Established status: Populations
are confirmed breeding and apparently self-sustaining for 10 or
more consecutive years.
Estimated Florida range: 1 county
At least 10 years
Statewide trend: Unknown
Threats to natives: Unknown
Species Account: Ranges from
India to southern China. Red-whiskered Bulbuls apparently escaped
in 1960 from a tourist attraction in the Kendall area of Dade
County during Hurricane Donna (Carleton and Owre 1975). This
population has extended its range northeast to South Miami but
remains limited to a small geographic area (Florida BBA), where eat
some insects but primarily feeds on drupes, berries, and small
fruits of exotic plants, such as the Brazilian pepper, various
figs, and loquat (Carleton and Owre 1975). It nests in shrubs,
small trees, or hanging planters.
Habitats: Central or core urban
area, Low density suburban development, areas peripheral to
core urban areas, and small towns.
||At least 10 years
||Kendall area (Carleton and Owre 1975, Florida BBA 1986-91)
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jocosus) In Birds of North America No. 520 (A. Poole and F. Gill,
eds.) Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Robertson, W. B., and G. E. Woolfenden. 1992.
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Society, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
Stevenson, H. M., and B. H. Anderson. 1994. The
birdlife of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville,
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