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Mauritius Bulbul - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Mauritius Black Bulbul

Photo by Mike Barth
Mauritius Island, June 2015
Hypsipetes olivaceus


25–27 cm (10-10½ in)

  • Greyish overall plumage
  • Blackish crest is loose and pointed
  • Yellowish-brown eyes
  • Pink legs
  • Pinkish-orange bill


  • Pale brown
  • Blackish bill


Maccabe forest of south-western Mauritius Island (western Mascarene Islands)


This is a monotypic species[1].


Humid forest.



Their diet consists of insects, seeds, and fruits and occasionally flowers and nectar.


They nest from November to February. The clutch consists of 2 pinkish eggs which are laid in a nest consisting of straw and roots. The incubation lasts between 14 and 16 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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