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)
  • 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.


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)


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.


  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". Retrieved 2017-03-12. 

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