Saturday, 30 July 2016

Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)

Latin Etymology: Pycnonotus ("strong back") goiavier ("guava")
Adult Yellow-vented Bulbul (subspecies P. g. personatus) in Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens - July 2016

Local Name (Malay): Merbah Kapur ("Lime Bulbul")
Featured Subspecies: Pycnonotus goiavier personatus
Weight: 60g
Length: 18cm
Wingspan: 20-25cm
 NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

As only my second ever species of bulbul, the yellow-vented came as a bit of a contrast to the brown-eared ones of Japan.  While certainly one of the top ten most common birds I saw on the trip, it wasn't ubiquitous in the same way the brown-eared is and certainly considerably quieter.  Unlike in Japan though, there are a number of species of bulbul present which makes identification slightly more effort, especially as there are a few similar looking species - the yellow rump but otherwise fairly drab colouration is distinctive here.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
SUBSPECIES: P. g. jambu, P. g. personatus, P. g. analis, P. g. gourdini, P. g. goiavier, P. g. samarensis, P. g. suluvensis

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - Common resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Seen regularly in Kuala Lumpur, though intermittently. 

Further Notes: Arkive, BirdForum OpusIUCN Red ListRSPB, Wikipedia,    Xeno-canto

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