"They are indigenous to China and Southeast Asia and thrive in warm climates on exotic fruits and insects. Ornithologists theorize that they have been carried or shipped from other countries and that those living in the wild probably are escapees from private aviaries.
The bulbuls are small, crested birds, about seven inches long, with red patches under their eyes and on their tails, brownish coats and white breasts. Their song has been described as both melodic and raucous."
Bird Wins Reprieve in Battle of the Bulbul by Mary Barber
An article published by the LA Times in 1985. Back when these exuberant birds were on somebody's naughty list.