|Light-vented bulbul, Pycnonotus sinensis|
Taxonomy and systematics
The light-vented bulbul was originally described in the genus Muscicapa. Alternate names for the light-vented bulbul include the Chinese bulbul and white-vented bulbul.
- P. s. sinensis - (Gmelin, 1789): Found in central and eastern China
- P. s. hainanus - (Swinhoe, 1870): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Ixos. Found in south-eastern China and northern Vietnam
- Taiwan bulbul (P. s. formosae) - Hartert, 1910: Formerly considered as a separate species. Name is not be confused with an alternate name for the Styan's bulbul. Found on Taiwan
- P. s. orii - Kuroda, 1923: Found on Yonaguni and Ishigaki Islands (southern Ryukyu Islands)
The particular characteristic is the large white patch covering the nape and the sides of its black head. It also sings very brightly and variably with a cha-ko-lee...cha-ko-lee... sound.
Distribution and habitat
In Hong Kong, the light-vented bulbul is abundant in lightly wooded areas, cultivated land and shrubland, whereas the red-whiskered bulbul is the common bulbul of suburbs and urban parks. In Taiwan, however, the light-vented bulbul dominates all of these habitats, though it is replaced along the east coast by Styan's bulbul.
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