Bird Genus: Pycnonotus - Typical Bulbuls

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Taiwan Bulbul or Styan’s Bulbul Pycnonotus taivanus


Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex) Typical Bulbuls

  • Genus Pycnonotus - paraphyletic (= some, but not all, of the descendants from a common ancestor)

    • Black-headed Bulbul, Pycnonotus atriceps : Found in forests in south-east Asia. It has a mainly olive-yellow plumage with a glossy bluish-black head. A grey morph (genetic mutation) where most of the olive-yellow is replaced by grey also exists. The distinctive taxon from the Andamans has most of the head olive, and is increasingly treated as a separate species, the Andaman Bulbul (P. fuscoflavescens). The Black-headed Bulbul resembles the Black-crested Bulbul, but has blue eyes (though not reliable in juveniles), a broad yellow tip to the tail, and never shows a crest (however, some subspecies of the Black-crested are also essentially crestless, but they have red or yellow throats). The Black-headed Bulbul mainly feeds on small fruit and berries, but will also take insects. It commonly occurs in small flocks, comprising 6-8 individuals.

    • Stripe-throated Bulbul, Pycnonotus finlaysoni :Found in Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and moist montanes.

    • Red-whiskered Bulbul, Pycnonotus jocosus

    • Brown-breasted Bulbul, Pycnonotus xanthorrhous

    • Puff-backed Bulbul, Pycnonotus eutilotus : Found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Singapore, and Thailand. Inhabitssubtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. The continued existence of this species is threatened by habitat destruction.

    • Black-and-white Bulbul, Pycnonotus melanoleucus: Found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and moist montanes. The continued existence of this species is threatened by habitat destruction.

    • Pycnonotus proper

    • Black-crested Bulbul, Pycnonotus melanicterus

    • Grey-bellied Bulbul, Pycnonotus cyaniventris: Found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Singapore, and Thailand. Inhabitssubtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. The continued existence of this species is threatened by habitat destruction.

    • Spectacled Bulbul, Pycnonotus erythropthalmos :Also known in Malay as Merbah Kecil. Endemic to southeast Asia.

    • Straw-headed Bulbul, Pycnonotus zeylanicus

    • Red-eyed Bulbul, Pycnonotus brunneus

    • Olive-winged Bulbul, Pycnonotus plumosus

    • Yellow-vented Bulbul, Pycnonotus goiavier

    • Black-fronted Bulbul, Pycnonotus nigricans

    • White-cheeked Bulbul, Pycnonotus leucogenys

    • Common Bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus

    • Striated Bulbul, Pycnonotus striatus : Found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Burma, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. This bird species inhabits subtropical or tropical moist montanes.

    • Cream-striped Bulbul, Pycnonotus leucogrammicus :Endemic to Indonesia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and moist montanes.

    • Spot-necked Bulbul, Pycnonotus tympanistrigus : Endemic to Indonesia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and moist montanes. The continued existence of this species is threatened by habitat destruction.

    • Grey-headed Bulbul, Pycnonotus priocephalus

    • Styan's or Taiwan Bulbul, Pycnonotus taivanus

    • Scaly-breasted Bulbul, Pycnonotus squamatus : Found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, and Thailand. Inhabitssubtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. The continued existence of this species is threatened by habitat destruction.

    • Light-vented Bulbul, Pycnonotus sinensis

    • Cape Bulbul, Pycnonotus capensis (type species)

    • White-spectacled Bulbul, Pycnonotus xanthopygos

    • White-eared Bulbul, Pycnonotus leucotis

    • Red-vented Bulbul, Pycnonotus cafer

    • Sooty-headed Bulbul, Pycnonotus aurigaster

    • Blue-wattled Bulbul, Pycnonotus nieuwenhuisii (disputed): Found in Brunei and Indonesia. This bird species inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

    • Yellow-wattled Bulbul, Pycnonotus urostictus : Endemic to the Philippines. This bird species inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

    • Orange-spotted Bulbul, Pycnonotus bimaculatus

    • Yellow-throated Bulbul, Pycnonotus xantholaemus

    • Yellow-eared Bulbul, Pycnonotus penicillatus

    • Flavescent Bulbul, Pycnonotus flavescens : Found in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. This bird species inhabits subtropical or tropical moist montanes.

    • White-browed Bulbul, Pycnonotus luteolus

    • Streak-eared Bulbul, Pycnonotus blanfordi: Found in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. This bird species inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

    • Cream-vented Bulbul, Pycnonotus simplex

African Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Bulbul), Chlorocichla flaviventris, Sweni, South Africa

Genus Chlorocichla

  • Falkenstein's Greenbul (Chlorocichla falkensteini)
  • Yellow-throated Leaflove (Chlorocichla flavicollis)
  • Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Chlorocichla flaviventris)
  • Joyful Greenbul (Chlorocichla laetissima)
  • Prigogine's Greenbul (Chlorocichla prigoginei)
  • Simple Greenbul (Chlorocichla simplex)


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