Crested finchbill

Spizixos canifrons

TAXONOMY

Spizixos canifrons Blyth, 1845. Two races recognized.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Finch-billed bulbul; French: Bulbul a gros bec; German: Fimkenbülbül; Spanish: Pico de Pinzon Copeton.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

8.6 in (22 cm). Large, olive-green bulbul with prominent blackish crest and stout, pale-yellow, finchlike bill. Gray forehead, blackish throat, broad blackish green tail. Sexes alike. Juvenile resembles adult, but browner head and throat.

DISTRIBUTION

Myanmar, Bangladesh, Assam, and south-central China. HABITAT

Forest and semicultivated areas up to 9,800 ft (3,000 m). BEHAVIOR

Flocks outside the breeding season, often perched on telephone wires. Chattering, bubbling voice; "purr-purr-prruit-prruit-prruit." Resident, nonmigratory.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Forages at all levels for insects, fruit, and seeds.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Breeds April through July. Distinctive cuplike nest of vine tendrils, usually low in a shrub.

CONSERVATION STATUS Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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