Crested Finchbill

Crested Finchbill
Crested Finchbill Spizixos canifrons, near Nabang, Yunnan, China, elev. 1500 m (4,940 ft.), January. (Craig Brelsford)

Crested Finchbill Spizixos canifrons is a distinctive green bulbul ranging from India to Southeast Asia. Nominate in Tibet and ingrami Sichuan and Yunnan. HABITAT Open forest and forest edge, towns, and villages, to 3000 m (9,840 ft.). Often around bamboo. ID & COMPARISON Like Collared Finchbill S. semitorques has upperparts darker green, underparts more yellowish-green, and head greyish-black. Unlike Collared Finchbill has grey forehead and tall crest and lacks white collar. Juvenile has greener head and nubby crest. BARE PARTS Bill thick, pale yellow. Legs pinkish. VOICE Dry, chirring call; bubbly purrs. — Craig Brelsford

THE BULBULS OF CHINA covers most members of Pycnonotidae in China. Click any link:

White-throated Bulbul Alophoixus flaveolus
Puff-throated Bulbul A. pallidus
Striated Bulbul Alcurus striatus
Grey-eyed Bulbul Iole propinqua
Ashy Bulbul Hemixos flavala
Chestnut Bulbul H. castanonotus
Mountain Bulbul Ixos mcclellandii
Brown-eared Bulbul Hypsipetes amaurotis
Black Bulbul H. leucocephalus
Black-headed Bulbul Brachypodius melanocephalos
Black-crested Bulbul Rubigula flaviventris
Crested Finchbill Spizixos canifrons
Collared Finchbill S. semitorques
Stripe-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus finlaysoni
Flavescent Bulbul P. flavescens
Brown-breasted Bulbul P. xanthorrhous
Light-vented Bulbul P. sinensis
Red-whiskered Bulbul P. jocosus
Yellow-vented Bulbul P. goiavier
Red-vented Bulbul P. cafer
Sooty-headed Bulbul P. aurigaster
Himalayan Bulbul P. leucogenys

See also:

Styan’s Bulbul Pycnonotus taivanus


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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