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Black Crested Bulbul

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Black Crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus melanicterus) or locally named as Merbah Jambul Hitam is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is said to be found from Himalaya to Indonesia but there are several distinctive subspecies which occured in Sri Lanka and Borneo eg the Black-capped bulbul, the Borneon Bulbul and the Ruby-throated bulbul from Sumatra.

Black Crested Bulbul is a beautiful bird about 19 cm (7 in) in length with a black upright crest and white eyes against a black face. One could often spot it among bird waves and although it is said to be a common bird found around forest edges, lowlands and hill forest up to 1200 feet, it is however often overlook for its beauty and photograhic values. It loves to eat fruits esp figs and insects. IUCN list: "least Concern".

Bamboo Woodpecker (Gecinulus viridis)

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Bamboo Woodpecker (Gecinulus viridis) is a species of bird in the Picidae family which is said to occur in a very large range i.e. ranging from Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Unlike other woodpeckers, Bamboo Woodpeckers do not have a crest and made a loud monotone kyeek-kyeek-kyeek - usually by males. Males have redish crown while females are brownish. Bamboo Woodpeckers are about 26 - 28 cm which habitats are mainly around bamboo vegetation up to 1,400m. Bamboo woodpeckers breed around April - May and eats insects. Although mature population is said to be on a declining trend however IUCN has listed it as "least concern" at the moment. Locally named as "Belatuk Buluh" and are listed as fully protected by Act 76/72