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Dark-capped bulbul

23 October 2014

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The dark-capped bulbul Pycnonotus tricolor was formerly known as the black-eyed bulbul. The name tricolor is Latin and reflcts its three-coloured plumage. The name bulbul is the Arabic name for this group of birds of which there are some 140 species known. The oldest fossils are of birds that lived a million years ago. Although it was first described from northern Angola, the dark-capped bulbul has a wide distribution in Africa from northern Cameroon and southern Chad to the north-eastern parts of South Africa but it occurs as far south in the near-coastal areas as the Sundays River in the Eastern Cape province. It is abundant in the North-West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. In southern Africa it is restricted to the wetter eastern regions where it is represented by the subspecies Pycnonotus tricolor layardi... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean & P G Ryan (Eds) 2005. Roberts – birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: The John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, pp 766 - 767.

 

Article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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