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Light-vented bulbul

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Light-vented bulbul
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
P. sinensis
Binomial name
Pycnonotus sinensis
(Gmelin, JF, 1789)
  • Muscicapa sinensis

The light-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis), also called the Chinese bulbul, Japanese bulbul and white-vented bulbul.[2] is a kind of bird in the bulbul family found in central and southern China, Hong Kong, Macao, northern Vietnam, southern Japan and Taiwan, and sometimes South Korea. A common kind of songbird that likes areas of light woods, it can often be seen in towns, suburbs and parks within its range.

Classification and relationships

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The light-vented bulbul was first thought to be an Old World flycatcher and put into the group Muscicapa.


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The bird is split into four subspecies:[3]


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The light-vented bulbul has a large white patch covering the nape and the sides of its black head. It also sings sweetly with a cha-ko-lee...cha-ko-lee... sound. It has a white color from the back of its eyes to the back of its head.

Range and habitat

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In Hong Kong, the light-vented bulbul is common in lightly wooded areas, farmland and shrubland, whereas the red-whiskered bulbul is the common bulbul of suburbs and town parks.[1]

Light-vented bulbul from Shanghai

In Taiwan, however, the light-vented bulbul is the most common in all of these landscapes, except on the east coast where the Styan's bulbul is found instead. Chinese bulbuls are seen commonly in Shanghai, and are maybe the third most common bird after sparrows and mourning doves.[needs to be explained].


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  1. BirdLife International (2016). "Pycnonotus sinensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22712643A94341450. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22712643A94341450.en.
  2. "Pycnonotus sinensis, Light-vented bulbul". Thai National Parks. Retrieved 2022-10-07.
  3. "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2017-03-12.

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