Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii) - HBW 10, p. 232

French: Bulbul de McClelland German: Grünflügelbülbül Spanish: Bulbul de McClelland
Other common names: Rufous-bellied/Green-winged/McClelland’s Bulbul

Taxonomy: Hypsipetes McClellandii Horsfield, 1840, Assam, India.
Sometimes included in genus Hypsipetes. Specific name sometimes misspelt as macclellandii. Racial delimitation complex, and thorough review required. Some races may represent separate species, e.g. canescens is geographically isolated and does not fit the general pattern of plumage variation; others seem too poorly differentiated or variable to warrant taxonomic recognition. Detailed review of geographical song variation required. Described race vargus (from Nepal) appears indistinguishable from and is synonymized with nominate; binghami (Southern Shan State.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Hypsipetes McClellandii Horsfield, 1840, Assam, India.
Sometimes included in genus Hypsipetes. Specific name sometimes misspelt as macclellandii. Racial delimitation complex, and thorough review required. Some races may represent separate species, e.g. canescens is geographically isolated and does not fit the general pattern of plumage variation; others seem too poorly differentiated or variable to warrant taxonomic recognition. Detailed review of geographical song variation required. Described race vargus (from Nepal) appears indistinguishable from and is synonymized with nominate; binghami (Southern Shan States, in Myanmar) thought to be a colour morph of tickelli, and treated as a synonym of it. Nine subspecies provisionally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • mcclellandii (Horsfield, 1840) - Nepal, N India (E Himalayas from Uttaranchal E to NE Arunachal, and hills from S Assam S to Mizoram) and NW Myanmar; reported also from SE Tibet.
  • ventralis Stresemann, 1940 - W & SW Myanmar (including Arakan); old reports from Bangladesh (Chittagong hills).
  • tickelli (Blyth, 1855) - E Myanmar and N Thailand.

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  • mcclellandii (Horsfield, 1840) - Nepal, N India (E Himalayas from Uttaranchal E to NE Arunachal, and hills from S Assam S to Mizoram) and NW Myanmar; reported also from SE Tibet.
  • ventralis Stresemann, 1940 - W & SW Myanmar (including Arakan); old reports from Bangladesh (Chittagong hills).
  • tickelli (Blyth, 1855) - E Myanmar and N Thailand.
  • similis (Rothschild, 1921) - S China (W & S Yunnan) and NE Myanmar S to N Indochina.
  • holtii (Swinhoe, 1861) - SE China (Guangxi, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Fujian).
  • loquax Deignan, 1940 - NW & NE Thailand and S Laos.
  • griseiventer (Robinson & Kloss, 1919) - S Vietnam (S Annam).
  • canescens Riley, 1933 - SE Thailand and SW Cambodia.
  • peracensis (Hartert & Butler, 1898) - S Thailand and N Peninsular Malaysia.