Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)


Mauritius Bulbul (Hypsipetes olivaceus)


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

H[ypsipetes]. olivacea

Jardine and Selby

, 1837,



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


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


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


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


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


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. (2019). 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 on 19 August 2019).