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Silence of the bulbul


The straw-headed bulbul is no longer common in lowland forests due to intense trapping for the pet trade. – INGO WASCHKIES/Traffic

The straw-headed bulbul is no longer common in lowland forests due to intense trapping for the pet trade. – INGO WASCHKIES/Traffic

Due to intense poaching, the melodious sounds of one bird no longer ring through the forest.

WITH a rusty orange-coloured crown and black-streaked upper breast, the straw-headed bulbul is a rather pretty bird. But its appeal lies more in its calls, a varied repertoire ranging from melodious songs to rhythmic tunes which have made it a hot favourite among bird-lovers – and also the reason behind its “endangered” status.

   

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