Notes on the biology of the Mauritius Black Bulbul Hypsipetes olivaceus

Safford, R.J. (1996) Notes on the biology of the Mauritius Black Bulbul Hypsipetes olivaceus. Ostrich, 67 (3-4). pp. 151-154. ISSN 0030-6525. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The Mauritius Black Bulbul Hypsipetes olivaceus is a threatened passerine endemic to Mauritius. Direct observations of food items indicate that it is an arboreal omnivore. Animal prey consists mostly of insects and native day-geckoes (Phelsuma spp.). A wide variety of native and exotic fruits is also taken. The species is apparently monogamous, With an egg-laying season extending from at least November to February, usual clutch and brood sizes of two to three, ability rapidly to lay repeat clutches in a new nest, and post-breeding complete moult. In these respects, its annual cycle resembles that of the other native Mauritian passerines. It occurs at very low population density compared to its Indian Ocean congeners; possible reasons for this are given.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: P. Ogbuji
Date Deposited: 28 May 2009 09:40
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 11:28
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/18459 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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