Flavescent Bulbul

Flavescent Bulbul
Flavescent Bulbul Pycnonotus flavescens vividus, near Nabang, Yunnan, China, elev. 540 m (1,770 ft.), February. (Craig Brelsford)

Flavescent Bulbul Pycnonotus flavescens ranges from northeast India to Borneo. In China, vividus common western and southern Yunnan. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Gathers in small flocks in forest, at forest edge, in secondary growth, and in parks and gardens, to 2800 m (9,190 ft.). ID Head grey with short, brownish crest and whitish streaks. Blackish lores above bordered by white, which sometimes stretches over eye to form supercilium. Mantle dullish green, with wings and tail more yellowish-green. Breast yellow with greyish streaking. Vent bright lemon-yellow. Juvenile browner throughout. VOICE Song a series of lively, quick sentences with typical bulbul whistles and chirrs. — Craig Brelsford


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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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