Black-crested bulbul

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Black-crested bulbul
Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus melanicterus) at Jayanti, Duars, WB W Picture 333.jpg
in the Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal, India.
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
Species: P. flaviventris
Binomial name
Pycnonotus flaviventris
(Gmelin, 1789)

The black-crested bulbul, (Pycnonotus flaviventris), is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is found from the Indian subcontinent to southeast Asia.

The black-crested bulbul is generally about 19 cm in length. As the name suggests, the head of this bulbul is black while the rest of its body is different shades of yellow. Both the male and female are similar in plumage. One can make out a younger bird by its slightly duller coloring.

This is a bird of forest and dense scrub. It builds its nest in a bush; two to four eggs is a typical clutch. The black-crested bulbul feeds on fruit and insects.

References[edit]

  • Birds of India by Grimmett, Inskipp and Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6
  • Rasmussen, P.C., and J.C. Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia. The Ripley guide. Volume 2: attributes and status. Smithsonian Institution and Lynx Edicions, Washington D.C. and Barcelona.