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Singapore, October 2006
Brachypodius melanocephalos

Pycnonotus atriceps
Brachypodius atriceps


Size: 18 cm. Wedge-shaped tail with dull black subterminal band dignostic.

Common Morph: Mantle and breast olive-yellow; uppertail coverts and rest of the underparts bright yellow; head (including chin,throat and neck) glossy blue-black; primaries and primary coverts blackish-brown; iris blue.

Grey Morph: Breast, upper belly and collar pale grey.

Juvenile: Lacks the black head.


Ranges from north-east India through S.E.Asia and the Greater Sundas to Palawan (Philippines.).


Andaman Bulbul was formerly included in this species.


There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • B. m. melanocephalos:
  • B. m. hyperemnus:
  • Sumatra, Simeulue, Nias, Mentawai, Bangka and Belitung islands
  • B. m. baweanus:
  • Bawean Island (Java Sea)
  • B. m. hodiernus:
  • Maratua Islands (Celebes Sea)


Broadleaved and riverine forests, forest edges and mangroves. Also in open country.


Frequents the lower and middle storey. Nomadic, with flocks dispersing over a wide area. Gathers in small noisy parties to feed in fruiting trees and shrubs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum thread discussing why the scientific name of this species needed to change.
  4. Birdforum Member observations

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