French: Bulbul à gros bec German: Finkenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul picogrueso
Cherrapunji, Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. canifrons
Blyth, 1845 – NE India (Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, possibly also NE Arunachal Pradesh) and W Myanmar.
S. c. ingrami
Bangs & J. C. Phillips, 1914 – E Myanmar, S China (SW Sichuan, Yunnan, SW Guizhou), NW Thailand, N Laos and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin).
19–22 cm; 44 g. Medium-large, noisy, conspicuous bulbul with short, conical bill. Most of head is dark grey, forehead pale grey, chin, throat, mask and rear crown... read more
Dry, bubbling, trilled song described as “purr-purr-prruit-prruit-prruit”, also a loud... read more
Open and stunted evergreen and deciduous forest, montane scrub, secondary growth and grasses; fond... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on seeds (e.g. millet, grass), beans, peas, various types of fruit (e.g. Leucospectrum in Myanmar); also insects, including... read more
Mar–Jul; most pairs in Chin Hills (NW Myanmar) had nestlings by late Apr. Apparently breeds co-operatively, although evidence rather... read more
Resident; does not usually descend to lower altitudes in harsh weather, but has been recorded down... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in highlands of Myanmar and N Thailand, but scarce in China. Nominate race possibly occurs also in SE Bangladesh (reported from... read more
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