Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Vulnerable

Mauritius Bulbul (Hypsipetes olivaceus)


Taxonomy

French: Bulbul de Maurice German: Mauritiusbülbül Spanish: Bulbul de Mauricio
Other common names: Mauritius Black Bulbul
Taxonomy:

H[ypsipetes]. olivacea

Jardine and Selby

, 1837,

Mauritius

.

See H. borbonicus (above). Genetic data#R indicate that present species is sister to H. madagascariensis. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW, C & SE Mauritius.

Descriptive notes

25–27 cm; male 69 g, female 76 g, unsexed 70 g and 79 g. A large bulbul with conspicuous pinkish-orange bill, loose and pointed erectile crown feathers. Forehead is... read more

Voice

At least four types of call recognized, a “chuckle”, a “cat call”, a stress “kek” and soft notes of... read more

Habitat

Humid forest dominated by native trees, including areas where canopy broken or forest heavily... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit, arthropods, small vertebrates; occasionally flowers and nectar. Diverse range of native and introduced fruits taken. Native species... read more

Breeding

Nesting recorded Nov–Feb; probably single-brooded. Monogamous. Co-operative breeding possible based on third bird feeding young at... read more

Movements

Largely resident; often absent from breeding territories outside nesting season, and may appear in... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Mauritius EBA. In 1993, population estimated at 280 (225–340) pairs in simple census, and total area of occupancy 78 km... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2017). Mauritius Bulbul (Hypsipetes olivaceus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58043 on 17 November 2017).