Thursday, August 2, 2012

>Ixos virescens (Sunda Bulbul)

Sunda Bulbul

Sunda Bulbul
Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Genus:Ixos (but see text)
Species:I. virescens
Binomial name
Ixos virescens
Temminck, 1825
Hypsipetes virescens (Temminck, 1825) (but see text)
The Sunda Bulbul or Green-winged Bulbul (Ixos virescens) is a songbird species in the bulbul family (Pycnonotidae). It is the type species of the genus Ixos.
Its genus is sometimes merged into Hypsipetes, presumably based on an error in the Sibley taxonomy which keeps them separate but includes I. virescens in Hypsipetes. But actually,Hypsipetes would to be sumsumed within Ixos of anything, as the latter name was established earlier. Either way, the specific epithet virescens, given to the present species by Coenraad Jacob Temminck in 1825, pre-dates the same name as given to the Nicobar Bulbul by Edward Blyth in 1845, and thus the latter species is sometimes referred to as H. nicobarensis (though correctly it would be Ixos nicobariensis). In even more extreme treatments, Iole is also wrongly subsumed within Hypsipetes, and even if the correct merger of Iole into Ixos is performed the Olive Bulbul (Iole virescens) also requires a new species name, as its was established by Blyth in 1845.
It is endemic to Indonesia where it occurs on Sumatra and Java, where its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.

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