African red-eyed bulbul

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African red-eyed bulbul
African Red-eyed Bulbul, Pycnonotus nigricans.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
Species: P. nigricans
Binomial name
Pycnonotus nigricans
(Vieillot, 1818)
Pycnonotus nigricans distribution map.png
     resident, nomadic and migratory range
  • Turdus nigricans

The African red-eyed bulbul or black-fronted bulbul (Pycnonotus nigricans) is a species of songbird in the family Pycnonotidae. It is found in south-western Africa. Its natural habitats are dry savanna and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The African red-eyed bulbul was originally described in the genus Turdus. The African red-eyed bulbul is considered to belong to a superspecies along with the Himalayan bulbul, white-eared bulbul, white-spectacled bulbul, Cape bulbul, and the common bulbul.[2] The alternate name of 'red-eyed bulbul' is also used by the Asian red-eyed bulbul.


Two subspecies are recognized:[3]

  • P. n. nigricans - (Vieillot, 1818): Found in south-western Angola, Namibia and Botswana and western South Africa
  • P. n. superior - Clancey, 1959: Found in central South Africa



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pycnonotus nigricans". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys)". Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-03-26. 

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