Hypocolius (Male)
Hypocolius (Male)
Hypocolius (Male and female)
Hypocolius (Male)
Scientific Name 
Hypocolius ampelinus
Arabic Name 
الجاثم المبرقع
Kuwaiti name 
بلبول قصب , بليطي
23.0 cm
Least Concern
Kuwait Specialty


Uncommon passage migrant and winter visitor. An eastern specialty nesting as far north as Iraq. Although breeding has not been recorded in Kuwait.
Where in Kuwait 
Another iconic bird of Kuwait with flocks of birds frequenting various locations; a roost exists at Green Island in Kuwait City primarily in the winter months. It has been recorded in the Jahra area and as far west as Al Abraq
In the world 
It has an extremely large range but the trend direction for this population is difficult to determine owing to the positive and negative processes affecting the species. It occurs throughout the Middle East. It is known to breed in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, and also occurs in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The diet of this species consists primarily of fruits, particularly berries and dates.
Local threats 
Trapping for the illegal bird trade