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Cape Bulbul - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Mybs
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, near Cape Town,South Africa, 12 September 2004
Pycnonotus capensis


Length 19-21 cm 7-8"


Photo © by Bryn De Kocks
Somerset West, South Africa, 30 April 2011

A dark brown bird, with a distinctive white eye-ring, and yellow vent.


Lacks white eye-ring.

Similar Species

The white eye-ring distinguishes adults of this species from the similar Dark-capped Bulbul and Black-fronted Bulbul. Also Cape Bulbul is much darker below.


Endemic to southern and south-western Cape Province (South Africa).


This is a monotypic species[1].


Coastal scrub, riverine forests, exotic plantations and gardens.


Usually seen in pairs or small noisy groups. Inclined to sit at the top of a bush.


They eat fruit, nectar and insects.


Nesting season September to November.
The cup-shaped, thick walled nest is formed inside the foliage of a small tree or shrusb.


Call is a sharp, liquid whistle.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2018). Cape Bulbul (Pycnonotus capensis). 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/57941 on 22 June 2018).
  3. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  4. birdlife.org.za
  5. BF member observations

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