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Light-vented bulbul

Binomial name: Pycnonotus sinensis, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, 1789

The light-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis), also known as the Chinese bulbul, is a bird and a member of the bulbul family.

Description

The particular characteristic is the large white patch covering the nape and the sides of its black head. It also sings very brightly and variably with a 'cha-ko-lee...cha-ko-lee...' sound.

Distribution

The bulbul is common in East Asia, including Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. The birds of Taiwan are of an endemic subspecies.

Behavior

In Hong Kong, the light-vented bulbul is abundant in lightly wooded areas, cultivated land and shrubland, whereas the red-whiskered bulbul is the common bulbul of suburbs and urban parks. In Taiwan, however, the light-vented bulbul dominates all of these habitats, though it is replaced along the east coast by Styan's bulbul.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Pycnonotidae
Genus
Pycnonotus
Species
Pycnonotus sinensis

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)