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Common Name : Red-vented Bulbul     -       Scientific Name : Pycnonotus cafer       -       Other Name : KondaKurulla

This is one of the most common species of resident breeding species found in the country. It is commonly found from the highest mountains to the lowlands. It is common in rain forests, dry zone forests and even found all over the city of Colombo. It is native to the Indian Subcontinent and is found in Burma and parts of Tibet. This bulbul is regarded as one of the worst invasive alien species in the world. Upon being introduced it has established it self in several Pacific Islands, many countries in the Middle East, USA, Argentina and New Zealand.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as Least Concerned (National Red List 2012).

This is a species protected under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance as amended by Act No. 22 of 2009.

This species will readily move in to human dwellings and build its nest on lampshades thus avoiding its eggs and chicks being predated by snakes and other predatory birds such as the Southern Common Coucal.

This is one of the most common bird species at Wilpattu and can be seen throughout the park.