Birding in Taiwan: 17. Light-vented Bulbul

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“We saw a small flock of Light-vented (Chinese) Bulbuls (Pycnonotus sinensis) while in transit at a major city. They were foraging for caterpillars and insects in the cold morning on roadside trees in an urban environment. These were seen fairly south so unsure if they are Pycnonotus sinensis formosae.

“An earlier post highlighted the Styan’s Bulbul (Pycnonotus taivanus), also known as Taiwan Bulbul LINK. The composite image below shows Styan’s Bulbul on the left and Light-vented on the right.

“There are lot of similarities in the body but the key differences is the black nape, white face and orange-red spots at the base of the lower bill in the Styan’s Bulbul. At casual observation, from a distance, I have mistaken one for the other but a good view of the head and face will allow for clear identification.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
14th December 2014

Location: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Habitat: Urban Environment

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