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Blackcrested Bulbul

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The Blackcrested bulbul with the scientific name Pycnonotus melanicterus is a Bulbul species under the family Pycnonotidae.

There are about four Bulbul subspecies existing in various parts of the world. It is found widely in the Indian subcontinent including India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, eastwards in Thailand and Nepal.

The quick classification of Blackcrested Bulbul is as below,

 Kingdom   Animalia  
 Phylum   Chordata 
 Class   Aves 
 Order   Passeriformes 
 Family   Pycnonotidae 
 Genus   Pycnonotus 
 Species   P. melanicterus 

Physical Characteristics:

The black crested bulbul is generally 19 cm in length. This bird is 19 to 20 cm (7 to 8 inches) in its body size including the long tail. The head of the bulbul is black while the other parts of the body are yellow colored. Both male and female are similar. The upper parts are yellow in color and the under parts are shaded olive yellow. The juveniles are paler than the adults. The crest and throat are also black. The yellow color fades to duller yellow and around the vent.

It has a striking yellow eye. The beak and legs are black in color. The sex of the bird cannot be differentiated based on the color of the plumage. This bird is easily tamed and hence suits will with the captive environment. The flight of the bird is bouncy in nature which is like the flight of the wood pecker.

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