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Photo by Chamith
Kithulgala, Sri Lanka, 08 February 2012
Rubigula melanicterus

Pycnonotus melanicterus



  • Yellow throat
  • Glossy black head
  • Orange-yellow breast
  • Bright olive tail, rounded, with broad whitish corner-tips

Sexes similar


Endemic to Sri Lanka
Very common.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly included in Black-crested Bulbul, Pycnonotus melanicterus as nominate subspecies. After the split the formerly nominate subspecies was renamed Black-capped Bulbul, while the remaining Black-crested Bulbul changed its scientific name to Pycnonotus flaviventris.


Forest and dense scrub. Frequents the lower and middle storey.


Often seen in small parties in fruiting trees and shrubs with other bulbuls.


Usually delivers its slurred song from low branches or telephone wires in bamboo groves and at hill stations.


It builds its nest in a bush; the clutch consisting of 2-4 eggs.


The diet includes fruit and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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