Monday, 30 May 2011

Black-crested Bulbul or Flame-throated Bulbul

Black-crested Bulbul

The Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus melanicterus) is also known as the Flame-throated Bulbul. There is great confusion regarding the classification of this species as there are a number of subspecies.

Black-crested Bulbul

The crest and head are a glossy black. The rest of the upper body is olive yellow, while the underparts are a bright oil-yellow.

Black-crested Bulbul

The Southern species pictured here is a crestless race and has a ruby throat. The Sri Lankan race has a yellow throat. The nominate race in the North-East and East India has a black crest.

Black-crested Bulbul

The bill is black and the iris is creamish to yellow and has a whitish eye ring. The sexes are alike, but the young birds are duller in colour.

Black-crested Bulbul

Below is the call of the bird: (In the background is the Kotroo Kotroo call of the White-cheeked Barbet )

Black-crested Bulbul

This species keeps to forested areas and is a shy bulbul, sometimes going about singly, sometimes in flocks. The Black-crested Bulbul feeds on fruit and insects.

Black-crested Bulbul

Nests are built in bushes and two to four eggs is a typical clutch.


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