pycnonotus barbatus layardi
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|The Common Bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus, is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is a ubiquitous resident breeder throughout Africa. There are a number of subspecies; some authorities consider P. b. dodsoni and P. b. tricolor as separate species from the nominate P. b. barbatus.|
This bird is found everywhere except dense forest and treeless expanses. It builds its nest in a tree or bush; two or three eggs is a typical clutch. This is an adaptable and very bold bird which has readily taken to living alongside humans.
The Common Bulbul is about 18cm in length, with a long tail. It has a dark brown head and upperparts. The underparts are grey-brown apart from white or yellow, depending on the subspecies, around the vent. Sexes are similar in plumage. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like. The call is a loud doctor-quick doctor-quick be-quick be-quick.
Common Bulbuls mainly feed on fruit and insects, but are almost omnivorous.
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Just for future reference, this would be taxon layardi. Who knows where they will go with this "species". It is known to be polyphyletic, and I am certain that the Percy Fitzpat must be doing some studies to get "species" barbatus sensu largo straightened out sooner or later.