Birding in Taiwan: 16. Styan’s (Taiwan) Bulbul

on 7th March 2015

“The Styan’s Bulbul (Pycnonotus taivanus), also known as Taiwan Bulbul, is a common endemic bulbul on the eastern and southern half of the island. There is some cross breeding (hybridisation) with the Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis formosae) or Chinese Bulbul that threatens it due to mass ceremonial release (Brazil 2009).

“The Styan’s Bulbul has distinct orange-red spots at the base of the lower bill and a black cap and nape. Hybridised birds have more white at the nape/cap and grey in the face. Crown feathers are often held erect but can be flattened (below).

“Often seen in pairs or singly at the top of a bush or tree. Can be found in small groups feeding on berries or ficus fruit in the morning and evening.

“The song of the Styan’s Bulbul is a sweet, upbeat string of notes, often repeated a few times HERE. Brazil 2009 describes the song as ‘pri tu rrilit’.

The sonogram and waveform of the song is shown above.

“The call is more of a continuous chatter made by more than one bird at a time, an audio recording is given HERE. Above shows the sonogram and waveform of calls.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
15-16th December 2014

Location: Hengchun Peninsula, Pingtung County, Taiwan
Habitat: Costal tourist resort, semi urban, adjacent to the beach

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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