Alternative name: Himalayan Black Bulbul
- Hypsipetes leucocephalus
- Slate grey or black (depending on the race)
- Red beak, legs, and feet
- Fluffy crest
- Long tail
- No crest
- Whitish underparts
- Grey breast band
- Upperparts are tinged brown
From the Himalayas of Afghanistan to Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Burma to China and Indochina. Occurs also on Taiwan.
Formerly regarded as conspecific with Madagascar Bulbul. Furthermore, Square-tailed Bulbul was recently split from this species.
About 10 subspecies recognized:
- H. l. psaroides: Himalayas of northern Afghanistan to eastern Assam and south-eastern Tibet
- H. l. nigrescens: Eastern Assam (south of the Brahmaputra) to western Burma
- H. l. ambiens: North-eastern Burma to south-western China (western Yunnan in Irrawaddy watershed)
- H. l. concolor: Eastern Burma to south-western China, eastern Thailand, Laos and southern Vietnam
- H. l. sinensis: Eastern Burma to south-western China; winters to Thailand and southern Laos
- H. l. stresemanni: South-western China (Likiang Mountains of north-western Yunnan) to Thailand and southern Laos
- H. l. leucothorax: Eastern China (Sichuan to Shaanxi and Hebei); winters to southern Laos
- H. l. leucocephalus: Maritime provinces of south-eastern China
- H. l. perniger: Hainan (southern China)
- H. l. nigerrimus: Taiwan
- leucothorax, leucocephalus and stresemanni have white heads, the remainder have all black heads.
Tall moist-deciduous and evergreen forest up to 2500m.
The diet includes seeds, insects and berries.
It builds its nest in a tree or bush; 2-4 eggs are laid.
 In Culture
In indigenous Taiwanese culture the Black Bulbul is revered as the Fire Bird. It is said that the Black Bulbul brought a glowing red coal to the people and thus gave them fire. The hot coal forever left the Black Bulbul with a brilliant coral-red coloured bill.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- BF Member observations
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