French: Bulbul de Madagascar German: Madagaskar-Rotschnabelbülbül Spanish: Bulbul malgache
Other common names:
Madagascar Black Bulbul,
Subspecies and Distribution
H. m. madagascariensis
(Statius Müller, 1776) – Comoros (all four main islands and some islets), Glorieuse Archipelago (Grande Glorieuse I) and Madagascar.
H. m. rostratus
(Ridgway, 1893) – Aldabra.
c. 24 cm; male 39–52 g, female 33–52 g. A medium-large, long-tailed, dark grey bulbul, pointed and loose crown feathers often raised to form shaggy crest.... read more
Highly vocal; calls varied but unmelodic. Common element a brief nasal, disyllabic, penetrating,... read more
Forest of all types, secondary growth, sparsely wooded savanna, orchards, plantations, scattered... read more
Food and feeding
Fruit, also flowers and seeds; also arthropods, including hymenopterans (ants, wasps), ant-lions (Myrmeleonidae), beetles (Coleoptera),... read more
Nesting recorded in Sept–Jan in Madagascar and Sept–Nov in Comoros; breeds mainly Oct–Jan on Aldabra. Nest hemispherical... read more
No information; presumed sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to very common. Common to abundant throughout much of Madagascar, where it has adapted well to deforestation; recorded mean densities of up to... read more
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