The common Bulbul has a number of subspecies, one being the Dark capped-Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus tricolor). Easily identified, the Dark-capped Bulbul has a fairly short thin bill, which is slightly de-curved. The bill, legs and feet of the Dark capped-Bulbul are black and the eye is dark brown with a dark eye-ring, which is not always readily visible.
The Dark-capped Bulbul is mostly greyish-brown above and whitish-brown below, with a distinctive dark head and pointy crest on top of the head. The back of the head merges into the brown of the back and the chin is also blackish. The underparts are grey-brown apart from the yellow around the vent. The Dark-capped Bulbul is about 18 cm in length with a long tail, it has a dark brown head and upper parts, males and females are similar in colour.
The Dark-capped Bulbul mostly eats fruit, nectar but takes the occasional insect. A common resident breeder in South Africa, the Dark-capped- Bulbul is found in most environments from bushveld to coastal bush and scrub. The Dark-capped Bulbul lays two or three eggs in a typical clutch and like other bulbuls, is parasitised by the Jacobin cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus).
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