Black-headed bulbul

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Black-headed bulbul
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
Species: P. atriceps
Binomial name
Pycnonotus atriceps
(Temminck, 1822)
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  • Brachypodius atriceps
  • Turdus atriceps

The black-headed bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps) is a member of the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is found in forests in south-eastern Asia.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

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The black-headed bulbul was originally described in the genus Turdus. Until 2008, the Andaman bulbul was also considered as a subspecies of the black-headed bulbul.[2]


Four subspecies are recognized:[3]


The black-headed bulbul has a mainly olive-yellow plumage with a glossy bluish-black head. A grey morph where most of the olive-yellow is replaced by grey also exists. It resembles the black-crested bulbul, but has blue eyes (though not reliable in juveniles), a broad yellow tip to the tail, and never shows a crest (however, some subspecies of the black-crested are also essentially crestless, but they have red or yellow throats).

Behavior and ecology[edit]

The black-headed bulbul mainly feeds on small fruit and berries, but will also take insects. It commonly occurs in small flocks, comprising 6-8 individuals.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Brachypodius atriceps". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T103836079A94339713. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103836079A94339713.en. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Species Version 1 « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  3. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-03-12.