The yellow vented bulbul (pycnonotus goiavier), specifically. Not the animal with the horns, or the bull (and bear) kinda bull. Some may also be forgiven for thinking it's the nightingale. As, according to some etymologists (who is, btw, a person who studies the origin and history of words) the word bulbul derives from Hindi (बुलबुल) or Persian or Arabic (بلبل), meaning just that - nightingale. And by the way, "nightingale" is derived from the words"night" and word galan or "to sing". And surely true to its name the bulbul is certainly a songster. Also, to make it clear, an ornithologist is a a person who studies or is an expert on birds. Why bother? Well, see my comment at the end of this short post.

So, yes - the bubul is a gorgeous bird that frequents neighbourhoods in Singapore so often, singing tunes that only it can deliver. It is certainly 1 of many cousins (varieties) nature has endowed us with, well documented by the folk at biodiversity here.

I was lucky enough to have one visit this afternoon (see right). And it did indeed give that splendid display of rolling, variable songs with the bubbly multiple-note calls.

It is almost impossible to tell the male and female apart (for me at least). The merbah kapur is its Malay name, and it is very well-camouflaged. One can tell however, from its tunes that a bulbul is around.

Oh, another observation I found interesting is that bulbuls are considered, generally monogamous, with eggs laid in an open tree nests and incubated by the female.

And on a separate note, but back to where I began this very brief note - the other kind of bulbul, is of course the popular childish name for the male reproductive organ that has been known to cause the same kind of snickering if you were to casually mention you had just spotted some great tits - of course to the non ornithology enthusiasts. I was referring to, of course, the woodland bird.

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