Pycnonotidae – Bulbuls

Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) by TAJA

Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) by TAJA

Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. (Proverbs 1:17 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Pycnonotidae – Bulbuls

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Species (155)

Crested Finchbill (Spizixos canifrons) IBC
Collared Finchbill (Spizixos semitorques) by Lee Zoo Miami *LLABS*
Straw-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus zeylanicus) ©WikiC
Striated Bulbul (Pycnonotus striatus) IBC
Cream-striped Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogrammicus) IBC
Spot-necked Bulbul (Pycnonotus tympanistrigus) IBC
Black-and-white Bulbul (Pycnonotus melanoleucos) IBC
Grey-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus priocephalus) IBC
Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps) by MAMuin
Andaman Bulbul (Pycnonotus fuscoflavescens) Video IBC
Black-capped Bulbul (Pycnonotus melanicterus) IBC
Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus flaviventris) by Ian
Ruby-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus dispar) IBC
Flame-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus gularis) IBC
Bornean Bulbul (Pycnonotus montis) WorldBirds
Scaly-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus squamatus) ©Drawing WikiC
Grey-bellied Bulbul (Pycnonotus cyaniventris) ©WikiC
Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) by TAJA
Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous) ©WikiC
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) OBI
Styan’s Bulbul (Pycnonotus taivanus) OBI
Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys) ©WikiC
White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) by Nikhil Devasar – *LLABS* Photo at Zoo Miami by Lee
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) by Nikhil Devasar – *LLABS* Photo at Zoo Miami by Lee
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster) ©WikiC
White-spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos) IBC
African Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus nigricans) by TAJA
Cape Bulbul (Pycnonotus capensis) by Ian
Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus) by Daves BirdingPix
Somali Bulbul (Pycnonotus somaliensis) WorldBirds
Dodson’s Bulbul (Pycnonotus dodsoni) Oiseaux
Dark-capped Bulbul (Pycnonotus tricolor) by Bob-Nan
Puff-backed Bulbul (Pycnonotus eutilotus) OBI
Blue-wattled Bulbul (Pycnonotus nieuwenhuisii) OBI
Yellow-wattled Bulbul (Pycnonotus urostictus) OBI
Orange-spotted Bulbul (Pycnonotus bimaculatus) ©WikiC
Aceh Bulbul (Pycnonotus snouckaerti) OBC
Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni) ©WikiC
Yellow-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus xantholaemus) IBC
Yellow-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus penicillatus) ©WikiC
Flavescent Bulbul (Pycnonotus flavescens) ©WikiC
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) by MAMuin
White-browed Bulbul (Pycnonotus luteolus) by TAJA
Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus) OBI
Ashy-fronted Bulbul (Pycnonotus cinereifrons) OBI
Ayeyarwady Bulbul (Pycnonotus blanfordi) OBI
Streak-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus conradi)
Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex) OBI
Asian Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus) ©WikiC
Spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus erythropthalmos) IBC
Bare-faced Bulbul (Pycnonotus hualon) OBI
Shelley’s Greenbul (Arizelocichla masukuensis) IBC
Kakamega Greenbul (Arizelocichla kakamegae) IBC
Cameroon Greenbul (Arizelocichla montana) Oiseaux
Western Greenbul (Arizelocichla tephrolaema) IBC
Olive-breasted Greenbul (Arizelocichla kikuyuensis) ©©Flickr OChernyshov
Mountain Greenbul (Arizelocichla nigriceps) IBC
Uluguru Greenbul (Arizelocichla neumanni) WorldBirds
Black-browed Greenbul (Arizelocichla fusciceps) ©©DAppleton
Yellow-throated Greenbul (Arizelocichla chlorigula) WorldBirds
Stripe-cheeked Greenbul (Arizelocichla milanjensis) ©WikiC
Olive-headed Greenbul (Arizelocichla olivaceiceps) Video IBC
Stripe-faced Greenbul (Arizelocichla striifacies) IBC
Slender-billed Greenbul (Stelgidillas gracilirostris) IBC
Little Greenbul (Eurillas virens) ©WikiC
Little Grey Greenbul (Eurillas gracilis) IBC
Ansorge’s Greenbul (Eurillas ansorgei) IBC
Plain Greenbul (Eurillas curvirostris) IBC
Yellow-whiskered Greenbul (Eurillas latirostris) IBC
Sombre Greenbul (Andropadus importunus) ©WikiC
Golden Greenbul (Calyptocichla serinus) IBC
Honeyguide Greenbul (Baeopogon indicator) IBC
Sjöstedt’s Greenbul (Baeopogon clamans) IBC
Spotted Greenbul (Ixonotus guttatus) IBC
Joyful Greenbul (Chlorocichla laetissima) IBC
Prigogine’s Greenbul (Chlorocichla prigoginei) Specimen 2
Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Chlorocichla flaviventris) ©WikiC
Falkenstein’s Greenbul (Chlorocichla falkensteini) IBC
Simple Greenbul (Chlorocichla simplex)
Yellow-throated Leaflove (Atimastillas flavicollis) IBC
Swamp Palm Bulbul (Thescelocichla leucopleura) IBC
Red-tailed Leaflove (Phyllastrephus scandens) ©Drawing WikiC
Terrestrial Brownbul (Phyllastrephus terrestris) ©WikiC
Northern Brownbul (Phyllastrephus strepitans) IBC
Grey-olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus cerviniventris) IBC
Pale-olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus fulviventris) ** Need Photo **
Baumann’s Olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus baumanni) ** Need Photo **
Toro Olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus hypochloris) IBC
Sassi’s Olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus lorenzi) Specimen
Fischer’s Greenbul (Phyllastrephus fischeri) WorldBirds
Cabanis’s Greenbul (Phyllastrephus cabanisi) ©WikiC
Placid Greenbul (Phyllastrephus placidus) TanzaniaBirds
Cameroon Olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus poensis) ©©Flickr Seth of Rabi
Icterine Greenbul (Phyllastrephus icterinus) WorldBirds
Xavier’s Greenbul (Phyllastrephus xavieri) ©LarsPetersson
Liberian Greenbul (Phyllastrephus leucolepis) ** Need Photo **
White-throated Greenbul (Phyllastrephus albigularis) by Nikhil Devasar
Yellow-streaked Greenbul (Phyllastrephus flavostriatus) IBC
Sharpe’s Greenbul (Phyllastrephus alfredi) BirdForum
Grey-headed Greenbul (Phyllastrephus poliocephalus) WorldBirds
Lowland Tiny Greenbul (Phyllastrephus debilis)
Montane Tiny Greenbul (Phyllastrephus albigula) IBC
Red-tailed Bristlebill (Bleda syndactylus) IBC
Green-tailed Bristlebill (Bleda eximius) IBC
Yellow-lored Bristlebill (Bleda notatus) IBC
Grey-headed Bristlebill (Bleda canicapillus) ©WikiC
Western Bearded Greenbul (Criniger barbatus) ©Drawing WikiC
Eastern Bearded Greenbul (Criniger chloronotus) IBC
Red-tailed Greenbul (Criniger calurus) ©Drawing WikiC
White-bearded Greenbul (Criniger ndussumensis) WorldBirds
Yellow-bearded Greenbul (Criniger olivaceus) ©Drawing WikiC
Finsch’s Bulbul (Alophoixus finschii) ©Drawing WikiC
White-throated Bulbul (Alophoixus flaveolus) ©WikiC
Puff-throated Bulbul (Alophoixus pallidus) ©WikiC
Ochraceous Bulbul (Alophoixus ochraceus) OBI
Grey-cheeked Bulbul (Alophoixus bres) ©Drawing WikiC
Palawan Bulbul (Alophoixus frater) ©Cynthia Kaufman
Yellow-bellied Bulbul (Alophoixus phaeocephalus) ©WikiC
Yellow-browed Bulbul (Acritillas indica) ©WikiC
Hook-billed Bulbul (Setornis criniger) ©Drawing WikiC
Hairy-backed Bulbul (Tricholestes criniger) OBI
Olive Bulbul (Iole viridescens) OBI
Cachar Bulbul (Iole cacharensis)
Grey-eyed Bulbul (Iole propinqua) ©WikiC
Buff-vented Bulbul (Iole crypta) ©WikiC
Charlotte’s Bulbul (Iole charlottae)
Sulphur-bellied Bulbul (Iole palawanensis) ©WikiC
Nicobar Bulbul (Ixos nicobariensis) OBI
Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii) ©WikiC
Streaked Bulbul (Ixos malaccensis) IBC
Sunda Bulbul (Ixos virescens) ©Drawing WikiC
Seram Golden Bulbul (Thapsinillas affinis) OBI
Northern Golden Bulbul (Thapsinillas longirostris) OBI
Buru Golden Bulbul (Thapsinillas mysticalis) OBI
Ashy Bulbul (Hemixos flavala) by Ian
Cinereous Bulbul (Hemixos cinereus) IBC
Chestnut Bulbul (Hemixos castanonotus) ©WikiC
Seychelles Bulbul (Hypsipetes crassirostris) by Bob-Nan
Reunion Bulbul (Hypsipetes borbonicus) OBI
Mauritius Bulbul (Hypsipetes olivaceus) IBC
Malagasy Bulbul (Hypsipetes madagascariensis) Video IBC
Grand Comoro Bulbul (Hypsipetes parvirostris) IBC
Moheli Bulbul (Hypsipetes moheliensis) ©©MLagerqvist
Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus) ©WikiC
Square-tailed Bulbul (Hypsipetes ganeesa) IBC
Philippine Bulbul (Hypsipetes philippinus) ©Drawing WikiC
Mindoro Bulbul (Hypsipetes mindorensis) ©©Flickr Tebanwuds
Visayan Bulbul (Hypsipetes guimarasensis) BirdPhotoph
Zamboanga Bulbul (Hypsipetes rufigularis) ©Drawing WikiC
Streak-breasted Bulbul (Hypsipetes siquijorensis) OBI
Yellowish Bulbul (Hypsipetes everetti) OBI
Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis) ©WikiC
White-headed Bulbul (Cerasophila thompsoni) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo OBI
Black-collared Bulbul (Neolestes torquatus) IBC


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Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:

Bob & Nan’s Gallery
Dave’s BirdingPix
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
FullColorPhoto (TommyT or TAJA)

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Bulbuls are a family, Pycnonotidae, of medium-sized passerine songbirds. Many forest species are known as greenbuls. The family is distributed across most of Africa and into the Middle East, tropical Asia to Indonesia, and north as far as Japan. A few insular species occur on the tropical islands of the Indian Ocean There are about 130 species in around 24 genera. While some species are found in most habitats, overall African species are predominantly found in rainforest whilst rainforest species are rare in Asia, instead preferring more open areas. The only Bulbul which occurs in Europe was spotted in the Cyclades and bears a yellow patch, being otherwise of a snuffy brown.

Bulbuls are short-necked slender passerines. The tails are long and the wings short and rounded. In almost all species the bill is slightly elongated and slightly hooked at the end. They vary in length from 13 cm for the Tiny Greenbul to 29 cm in the Straw-headed Bulbul. Overall the sexes are alike, although the females tend to be slightly smaller. In a few species the differences are so great that they have been described as functionally different species. The soft plumage of some species is colourful with yellow, red or orange vents, cheeks, throat or supercilia, but most are drab, with uniform olive brown to black plumage. Species with dull coloured eyes often sport contrasting eyerings. Some have very distinct crests. Bulbuls are highly vocal, with the calls of most species being described as nasal or gravelly. One author described the song of the Brown-eared Bulbul as “the most unattractive noises made by any bird”. (Wikipedia with editing)

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