French: Bulbul du Cap German: Kapbülbül Spanish: Bulbul de El Cabo
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
SW & S South Africa, in provinces of Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape (from just S of R Orange, S along coast, inland to edge of Karoo, and E to R Sundays).
19–21 cm; 28–47·5 g. A medium-large bulbul with slightly peaked crown, giving distinctive, squarish head shape. Head is dark brown, blacker at side, with... read more
Song a series of short phrases, “chip-chee-woodely”, “chup-wheet-churry-up” and “pit-peet-pitmajol... read more
Range of generally shrubby habitats, including tall, shrubby fynbos, coastal scrub, dune forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Wide variety of fruits, seeds, nectar and arthropods. In one study, c. 90% of diet comprised vegetable matter, mainly fruits of 23 plant... read more
Recorded in Aug–Mar, peak Sept–Oct, in Western Cape (winter rainfall region), and in Sept–Mar, peak Oct–Nov, in... read more
Mainly sedentary; seasonal influxes occur in response to fruiting shrubs. Although some individuals... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to abundant. Mean breeding density in an area of coastal scrub over 5 years 13·8 pairs/20 ha, range 9–19 pairs/20 ha. Has... read more
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