Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus
Black Bulbul, Shemgang, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image

Shemgang, Bhutan
March 2008

The Black Bulbul is distributed from north-east Afghanistan along the Himalayas to eastern China and south to Indochina and the Malayan Peninsula. It is found in forest, forest edges and clearings mainly between 600 and 2,100 metres.

There are about 12 sub-species and some show marked differences one to the other. The nominate race, for example, is black rather than grey and has an all-white head. The race shown here, H. l. psaroides is the one found in the Himalayas and lacks the white head, is slate-grey with a black crown and malar stripe surrounding a pale grey face. The bill and legs are bright orange-red.

There are recordings on xeno-canto and additional information is available on Avibase .

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