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Black Bulbuls

Black Bulbuls

 
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The Black Bulbuls (Hypsipetes leucocephalus) is also known as the Himalayan Black Bulbul. It was formerly considered a subspecies of a widespread Madagascar Bulbul (Hypsipetes madagascariensis).

Within Asia, H. ganeesa – from the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka,- has often been listed as a subspecies of H. leucocephalus, but is increasingly treated as a separate species – the Square-tailed Black Bulbul.

 

Distribution / Range

They are found in southern Asia from India east to southern China.

This bird is found in broad-leaved forests and cultivation. It builds its nest in a tree or bush; two to four eggs is a typical clutch.

They are often seen in small groups, either roosting or flying about in search of food.

 

Description:

The Black Bulbuls is 24-25cm in length, with a long tail. The body plumage ranges from slate grey to shimmering black, depending on the race. The beak, legs, and feet are all red and the head has a black fluffy crest.

Males and females look alike.

Juveniles lack the crest, have whitish underparts with a grey breast band, and have a brown tint to the upperparts.

A number of subspecies exist across this large range, mostly varying in the shade of the plumage, which ranges from grey to black. Some white-headed morphs have also been recorded.

 

Diet / Feeding:

Black Bulbuls feed mainly on seeds, insects and berries.

 

Call / Vocalization:

These birds can be quite noisy, making various loud miao calls.

 

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


 

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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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