Seychelles Bulbul

Seychelles Bulbul


Unlike many endemic birds, Seychelles bulbul or Merl in creole is not in any immediate danger of becoming extinct. You can see them on all the largest islands from sea level to high altitudes in gardens and scrub, although they are particularly common in old woodland. They are noisy and aggressive birds, usually seen in small groups, with a range of chattering or squawking calls. Adults are the only Seychelles land birds with an orange beak and legs, but in young birds the beak and legs are dull grey-brown.


Scientific Name: Hypsipetes crassirostris
Population: At least 20,000 birds
Distribution: Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and a few smaller islands
Nest: Nest in trees and scrubs, circular, built of grass and twigs. Two eggs laid
Diet: Fruits, insects, lizards and bird eggs

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