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SEPTEMBER 06, 2021

Did You Know? 21 Incredible Chinese Bulbul Facts

Read more for interesting Chinese bulbul facts.

The light-vented bulbul was formerly defined in the genus Muscicapa. Alternate names for the light-vented bulbul include the Chinese bulbul, Japanese bulbul, and white-vented bulbul. It is located in central and southern China, northern Vietnam, southern Japan, and Taiwan.

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Chinese Bulbul Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Chinese bulbul?

The Chinese bulbul, or light-vented bulbul, is a bird belonging to the Pycnonotidae family.

What class of animal does a Chinese bulbul belong to?

The light-vented bulbul belongs to the class of Aves.

How many Chinese bulbuls are there in the world?

There are four subspecies of the Chinese bulbul in the world, though their exact population is not known. It is assumed that they are found in abundance.

Where does a Chinese bulbul live?

The light-vented bulbul is largely confined to central and eastern China as a breeding species, though they are also present in Taiwan and Japan, off islands south of Kyushu, and considered to be mostly resident there. Chinese bulbuls migrate southward in winter, with regular records in Hebei Province and on the Shandong Peninsula. After being first recorded in Beidaihe, Hebei, in autumn 1986, it has consequently even become established as a breeding species there. It is a bird predominantly found in East Asia.

What is a Chinese bulbul's habitat?

In Hong Kong, the light-vented bulbul is abounding in mildly wooded areas, crop fields, and land covered with shrubs, whereas the red-whiskered bulbul is the common bulbul of suburbs and city gardens. However, in Taiwan, the light-vented bulbul dominates all of these habitats, though it is replaced along the east coast by Styan's bulbul. They are also seen frequently in Shanghai, perhaps the third most common bird after sparrows and morning doves, and is very common in the area around China. Some of the light-vented bulbuls also lived in cities, where they live on trees. Residents can often see the light-vented bulbul flying past their windows.

Who do Chinese bulbuls live with?

They are not discovered in flocks, instead, they are monogamous and mate for life with the same partner.

How long does a Chinese bulbul live?

The Chinese bulbul, Pycnonotus sinensis, can live up to 11 years.

How do they reproduce?

The light-vented bulbul's nest is a firm cup made of broad grasses and lined with finer grass and rootlets. Other materials are also sometimes used to construct a nest. The clutches are three to four eggs and rarely five in some cases.

What is their conservation status?

The population size of Chinese bulbuls has not been estimated as the population is increasing. For these reasons, the species is evaluated as of Least Concern.

Chinese Bulbul Fun Facts 

What do Chinese bulbuls look like?

Discover more amazing facts of Chinese bulbul

It is a medium-sized bird, with a large white patch covering the nape and the sides of its black head. The light-vented bulbul has a white color from the back of its eyes to the back of its head. It has a crested head and a full plump belly. The wings are comparatively short, with a medium-length tail and a long pointed bill. In addition to that, it possesses brown upperparts, with a sullied brown breast band, with some brown also extending along the sides.

How cute are they?

The light-vented bulbul is an extremely cute-looking and delicate bird species. Anyone will be willing to have them as a pet, a visitor on a window, or have them in their backyard.

How do they communicate?

The song is a loud whistled warble often repeated, and the calls are rather nasal, sometimes suppressed. It also sings very brilliantly and variably with a 'cha-ko-lee...cha-ko-lee' sound. 

How big is a Chinese bulbul?

They are medium-sized birds and are larger than sparrows.

How fast can a Chinese bulbul fly?

The Chinese bulbul, Pycnonotus sinensis, is a medium-sized bird and cannot soar very high. As well as this their exact flight speed is not known.

How much does a Chinese bulbul weigh?

The light-vented bulbul weighs around 0.066-0.10 lbs (30–46 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

There is no specific name given to the male and female species of the Chinese bulbul, Pycnonotus sinensis.

What would you call a baby Chinese bulbul?

They are called hatchlings or chicks.

What do they eat?

The light-vented bulbul's diet consists of a variety of berries, figs, fruit, and vegetables, with the addition of insects such as dipteran flies.

Are they dangerous?

No, they are not dangerous birds.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, they would make a good pet if taken proper care of. They are the most engaging species and in many parts treated as parrots.

Did you know...

They are named bulbul as it refers to passerine birds of a different family.

Different types of Chinese bulbul

There are four subspecies of the light-vented bulbul that are discovered so far. P. s. Sinensis is found in central and eastern China. P. s. hainanus, which is originally described as a separate species in the genus Ixos and discovered in south-eastern China and northern Vietnam. P. s. formosae in Taiwan and P. s. orii seen in Yonashuni and Ishigaki islands.

Some other interesting bulbuls include the common bulbul and the brown-eared bulbul.

How many times do Chinese bulbuls lay eggs?

Two to five eggs are laid by a female light-vented bulbul in a shallow, thin, cup-like nest in a bush or shrub, and it lays eggs twice in a season. The incubation period is 12-14 days, most often with only the female sitting on the eggs.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our birds of paradise facts and kestral bird facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable mountain bulbul coloring pages.

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