Agreed! Interestingly enough, Serendipity posted an image of a Cardinal eating a bug! I thought they were strictly seed eaters.. I think perhaps more birds are omnivores than I once thought!True, but they don't peck wood here in India. I guess their food is in abundance outside tree trunks. They need to pick the worms out of the dirt. Hence long beaks. Cardinals seem to have beaks that are used to break seeds. Think about it - if you were a worm and the climate was dry, where would you go? To a place that was damp. So inside a trunk makes sense. Now somebody posted a picture of a woodpecker listening to sounds in a tree trunk. Sure, that is human imagination, but I am sure the bird could hear the worms.Yes, agreed about the beak. I almost didn't comment on it because of the beak but the facial markings are somewhat woodpeckerish, no? It's a great bird, I wish we had them here!Nope, bulbuls. Very different. Look at the beak.Unless I move, I fear they will never be in my garden! Looking again, perhaps they are even a Cardinal, Waxwing, Small Woodpeckerish looking creature... I do like them...Very nice Serendipity! I wish we had some bulbuls here! They almost seem like a cross between a cardinal and a wax wing.. Beautiful!Huh! Never thought of them like that! So when the rain abates and the clouds part (not the sea!!!) hopefully they will return to my garden...Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) that visited our garden yesterday for just a few seconds, luckily I had the camera in hand.
Really nice shot of a beautiful bird. We have bulbuls here but they look somewhat different. Thanks for sharing.
edit: Here is what they look like in Hawaii.
OK, so replace "I am sure" with "I believe"