French: Bulbul brunoir German: Feueraugenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul encapuchado
Other common names:
African Red-eyed Bulbul
banks of the Orange River in Namaqualand, Namibia–South Africa border
Subspecies and Distribution
P. n. nigricans
(Vieillot, 1818) – SW & S Angola, Namibia and Botswana S to N South Africa (S to Northern Cape and middle R Orange); non-breeding extreme SW Zambia and NW Zimbabwe.
P. n. superior
Clancey, 1959 – South Africa (North West Province S to Eastern Cape) and Lesotho.
19–21 cm; 21·5–37·5 g. A medium-sized bulbul with slightly peaked crown, giving distinctive, squarish head shape. Has head and neck black, ring of bare orange or... read more
Loud song of repeated phrases, each of up to c. 7 notes, given generally only by male in the wild (... read more
Dry woodland, acacia (Acacia) savanna, semi-arid shrubland, riverine bush, and shrubby... read more
Food and feeding
Large range of wild and cultivated fruits; also arthropods and nectar. Fruits taken include, among others, figs (Ficus), ... read more
Recorded mainly in Oct–Dec in Botswana, Nov–Jan in South Africa and Dec–Feb in Namibia, and is stimulated by first rains... read more
Wanders during dry non-breeding season. In addition, parts of some populations undertake often wide... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widely distributed. Thrives in gardens and orchards, and has benefited from the provisioning of water for stock animals in arid areas.... read more
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