Black-capped bulbul

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Black-capped bulbul
Conservation status
Not recognized (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
Species: P. melanicterus
Binomial name
Pycnonotus melanicterus
(Gmelin, 1789)

The black-capped bulbul, (Pycnonotus melanicterus), is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. Once thought it is found in Indian Subcontinent, but now it is accepted that endemic to the island of Sri Lanka.

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-capped bulbul feeds on fruit and insects. Found in forests, wooded areas and in gardens. Usually found in pairs.


It is virtually crestless, has a yellow throat and brownish eyes. Yellowish green above, yellow below. Tail is brownish and ending in a white tip. Male has red irides, and female has brown irides.

In culture[edit]

In Sri Lanka, this bird is known as Hisa kalu Kondaya - හිස කලු කොන්ඩයා in Sinhala language.


  • 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.