Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)


Grand Comoro Bulbul (Hypsipetes parvirostris)


French: Bulbul des Comores German: Komoren-Rotschnabelbülbül Spanish: Bulbul de Gran Comora
Other common names: Comoro Bulbul

Hypsipetes parvirostris

A. Milne-Edwards and Oustalet

, 1885,

Grand Comoro, Comoro Islands


Until recently considered conspecific with H. moheliensis (which see). Monotypic.


La Grille and Mt Karthala, on Grand Comoro (Ngazidja), in N Comoro Is.

Descriptive notes

c. 25 cm; mean 56·9 g. Large, olive bulbul, loose and pointed feathers of crown and nape often raised to form shaggy crest. Adult has top of head, nape and upper... read more


Repertoire resembles those of congenerics in the region. Song an extended series of monotonous,... read more


Confined to natural forests, including clearings and associated degraded areas, on peaks of La... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Berries and other fruit, including Tambourissa sp., Solanum mauritianum (?) and Rubus rosifolius... read more


Nest under construction early Sept, another with contents unknown in Nov, and fledglings seen in Nov. Presumably monogamous and territorial... read more


No information; probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Population estimated at fewer than 10,000 mature individuals and is believed to be declining. Restricted-range species: present in Comoro Islands EBA. Very common... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Grand Comoro Bulbul (Hypsipetes parvirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 February 2020).