Other names :
Kala bulbul, Bulbuli, Guldum, Himachal Pradesh: Kala painju ; Assamese Bulbuli sorai; Cachar: Dao bulip; Dafla: Nili betom; Lepcha: Mancleph-pho; Naga: Inrui bulip; Bhutan: Paklom; Bhil: Peetrolyo; Gujarati: Hadiyo bulbul; Kutchi: Bhilbhil; Marathi: Lalbudya bulbul; Oriya: Bulubul; Tamil: Kondanchiradi, Konda-lati, Kondai kuruvi; Telugu: Pigli-pitta; Malayalam: Nattu bulbul; Kannada: Kempu dwarada pikalara; Sinhalese: Konde kurulla
Species can be found in Indian Subcontinent, Sri Lanka, Burma and Tibet. Species also occurs on several Pacific islands, including Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Hawaii Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. It is a very invasive species of bird.
It has a squarish crest on its head that is dark or black. Body has a brown scaly pattern and the rear area of the bird is white. The vent area is red. The tail is black tipped in white. There are slight differences in appearance in different countries.
This bird is found on dry scrub, open forest, plains and cultivated lands. It is rarely found in mature forests.
Bird measures about 20cm in length.