Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Olive Bulbul (Iole viridescens)


Taxonomy

French: Bulbul olive German: Olivbülbül Spanish: Bulbul verdoso
Taxonomy:

Iole viridescens

Blyth

, 1867,

Arakan, Myanmar

.

Taxonomic status, morphological characters and vocalizations of populations in NE India and Myanmar uncertain or confusing, and perhaps more than one species involved#R. Species name previously listed as virescens, but this name preoccupied, and replaced before 1961 so permanently invalid#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • I. v. cacharensis (Deignan, 1948) – NE India (S Assam hills, extreme W Manipur, and Meghalaya) and E & SE Bangladesh (Tippera, Chittagong).
  • I. v. myitkyinensis (Deignan, 1948) – NE & E Myanmar.
  • I. v. viridescens Blyth, 1867 – W, SW & S Myanmar (including Arakan) and SW Thailand.
  • Descriptive notes

    19 cm. A small, drab bulbul. Nominate race has side of head yellowish-olive; ear-coverts generally appear paler than crown; crown and upperparts strongly tinged olive,... read more

    Voice

    In Thailand (nominate race), a common call, given fairly persistently, is strongly upslurred,... read more

    Habitat

    Moist broadleaf evergreen forest, semi-evergreen forest and tall secondary growth (e.g. in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds mainly on berries, sometimes insects. Usually in pairs or small (family?) parties; reports of flocks of over 100 individuals require... read more

    Breeding

    Feb–Sept, mainly Mar–Jun, varying locally. Only information on nest is from old records from N India (identification possibly... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Mostly very local, but probably overlooked. In India, apparently rare in Khasi Hills and Garo Hills of Meghalaya, mostly at their fringes; very local... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2017). Olive Bulbul (Iole viridescens). 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/58021 on 20 November 2017).