Black-crested Bulbul

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names

Black-headed Yellow Bulbul

Native Habitat

Scrubland, Forests


Insects, Fruits


Black-crested Bulbul

Rubigula melanictera

The black-crested bulbul is found from the Indian subcontinent to southeast Asia. The black-crested bulbul is generally about 19 cm in length. As the name suggests, the head of this bulbul is black while the rest of its body is different shades of yellow. Both the male and female are similar in plumage. One can make out a younger bird by its slightly duller coloring. This is a bird of forest and dense scrub. It builds its nest in a bush; two to four eggs is a typical clutch. The black-crested bulbul feeds on fruit and insects.

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    কালোঝুঁটি বুলবুল
  • Hindi:
    जर्द बुलबुल, श्याम कलगी बुलबुल
  • Malayalam:
    മണികണ്ഠൻ പക്ഷി
  • Marathi:
    काळ्या शेंडीचा बुलबुल, काळ्या डोक्याचा पिवळा बुलबुल
  • Nepali:
    कालोकल्की पहेंलोजुरेली
  • Sanskrit:
    कृष्णचूड पीत गोवत्सक
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Rubigula melanictera