Yellow-vented bulbul

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Yellow-vented bulbul
Pycnonotus goiavier - Kent Ridge Park.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
P. goiavier
Binomial name
Pycnonotus goiavier
(Scopoli, 1786)
  • Muscicapa goiavier

The yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier), or eastern yellow-vented bulbul, is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is resident breeder in southeastern Asia from Indochina to the Philippines. It is found in a wide variety of open habitats, but not deep forest. It is one of the most common birds in cultivated areas. They appear to be nomadic, roaming from place to place regularly.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The yellow-vented bulbul was originally classified in the genus Muscicapa.


Six subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • P. g. jambu - Deignan, 1955: Found from southern Myanmar to southern Indochina
  • P. g. analis - (Horsfield, 1821): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Turdus. Found on Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and nearby islands, Java, Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa
  • P. g. gourdini - Gray, GR, 1847: Originally described as a separate species in the genus Ixos. Found on Borneo, Maratua and Karimunjava Islands
  • P. g. goiavier - (Scopoli, 1786): Found in northern and north-central Philippines
  • P. g. samarensis - Rand & Rabor, 1960: Found in central Philippines
  • P. g. suluensis - Mearns, 1909: Found in southern Philippines

Behaviour and ecology[edit]

The yellow-vented bulbul builds a well-camouflaged but fragile, loose, deep, cup-shaped nest from grass, leaves, roots, vine stems, and twigs. The nest is untidy on the outside, but it is neatly lined with plant fibers. It may be built in a wide range of places from low bushes to high trees. This is a species adapted to humans and may even nest in gardens. The yellow-vented bulbul lays 2–5 eggs in February to June.

The yellow-vented bulbul eats berries and small fruits. They also sip nectar, nibble on young shoots, and take some insects.

Yellow-Vented BulBul
Yellow-Vented BulBul Chick with Egg, Phuket, Thailand
Yellow-Vented BulBul Chick with Egg, Phuket, Thailand
Yellow-vented bulbul eggs and chicks 5 days after hatching


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pycnonotus goiavier". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22712731A94346183. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22712731A94346183.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-03-30.

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