Light-vented bulbul

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Light-vented bulbul
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Light-vented bulbul, Pycnonotus sinensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
Species: P. sinensis
Binomial name
Pycnonotus sinensis
(Gmelin, 1789)
Synonyms
  • Muscicapa sinensis

The light-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) is a species of bird in the bulbul family. It is found in central and southern China, northern Vietnam and Taiwan.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

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.

Subspecies[edit]

Four subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • 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)

Description[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1] In Taiwan, however, the light-vented bulbul dominates all of these habitats, though it is replaced along the east coast by Styan's bulbul.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pycnonotus sinensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 

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