|Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal, India.|
Taxonomy and systematics
The black-crested bulbul was originally described in the genus Vanga. Until 2008, the black-crested bulbul was considered as conspecific with the black-capped, ruby-throated, flame-throated and Bornean bulbuls.
- Black-crested yellow bulbul (P. f. flaviventris) - (Tickell, 1833): Found from Nepal, northern and eastern India to southern China and central Myanmar
- P. f. vantynei - Deignan, 1948: Found from eastern and southern Myanmar to southern China and northern Indochina
- P. f. xanthops - Deignan, 1948: Found in south-eastern Myanmar and western Thailand
- P. f. auratus - Deignan, 1948: Found in north-eastern Thailand and western Laos
- P. f. johnsoni - (Gyldenstolpe, 1913): Originally described as a separate species. Found in central and south-eastern Thailand, southern Indochina
- P. f. elbeli - Deignan, 1954: Found on islands off south-eastern Thailand
- P. f. negatus - Deignan, 1954: Found in southern Myanmar and south-western Thailand
- P. f. caecilii - Deignan, 1948: Found on the northern Malay Peninsula
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.
Distribution and habitat
This is a bird of forest and dense scrub.
Behaviour and ecology
It builds its nest in a bush; two to four eggs is a typical clutch. The black-crested bulbul feeds on fruit and insects.
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