This real taxidermy preserved bird is a Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster), which is a species of songbird in the Pycnonotidae family. It is found in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
There are 4,000 species of songbirds found all over the world, in which the vocal organ typically is developed in such a way as to produce a diverse and elaborate bird song. Songbirds form one of the two major lineages of extant perching birds, the other being the Tyranni which are most diverse in the Neotropics and absent from many parts of the world. These have a simpler syrinx musculature, and while their vocalizations are often just as complex and striking as those of songbirds, they are altogether more mechanical sounding. There is a third perching bird lineage, the Acanthisitti from New Zealand, of which only two species remain alive today.
The song is essentially territorial in that it communicates the identity and whereabouts of an individual to other birds and also signals sexual intentions. Sexual selection among songbirds is highly based on mimetic vocalization. Female preference has shown to be based on the extent of a male’s song repertoire. The larger a male’s repertoire, the more females a male individual attracts. It is not to be confused with bird calls which are used for alarms and contact and are especially important in birds that feed or migrate in flocks.
Please keep in mind that because these are real specimens, variations are to be expected. There may be a lingering odor as well. All taxidermy specimens are obtained legally and are not CITES species. These specimens have been ethically sourced and are not killed specifically for taxidermy purposes.
***Photographed with petrified polished wood slab, not included.
• Approximately 4-6″
• 1 real taxidermy preserved bird per order