Puff-throated Bulbul

Puff-throated Bulbul
Puff-throated Bulbul Alophoixus pallidus henrici, Skytree Nature Reserve (21.627495, 101.588315), Yunnan, China, elev. 740 m (2,420 ft.), March. (Craig Brelsford)
Puff-throated Bulbul
Puff-throated Bulbul A. p. pallidus, Jianfengling National Forest Park (18.743937, 108.843758), Hainan, China, elev. 970 m (3,170 ft.), January. (Craig Brelsford)

Puff-throated Bulbul Alophoixus pallidus pallidus is endemic to Hainan; henrici in Guangxi and southern Yunnan. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Noisy but skulky. Often in small, sometimes mixed flocks, moving through lower story of mainly broadleaved forest. ID & COMPARISON Has high, rufous-brown crest, grey face, and white, puffy throat feathers resembling old man’s beard. Mantle brownish-olive. Wings and tail have reddish-brown tinge; breast and belly tawny. White-throated Bulbul A. flaveolus has more uniform mantle and wings and bright, lemon-yellow belly. BARE PARTS Feet paler than most bulbuls. VOICE Nervous, monkey-like spurt of 3 to 6 squeaks. Also slower, grating chirr. — Craig Brelsford


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White-throated Bulbul Alophoixus flaveolus
Puff-throated Bulbul A. pallidus
Striated Bulbul Alcurus striatus
Grey-eyed Bulbul Iole propinqua
Ashy Bulbul Hemixos flavala
Chestnut Bulbul H. castanonotus
Mountain Bulbul Ixos mcclellandii
Brown-eared Bulbul Hypsipetes amaurotis
Black Bulbul H. leucocephalus
Black-headed Bulbul Brachypodius melanocephalos
Black-crested Bulbul Rubigula flaviventris
Crested Finchbill Spizixos canifrons
Collared Finchbill S. semitorques
Stripe-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus finlaysoni
Flavescent Bulbul P. flavescens
Brown-breasted Bulbul P. xanthorrhous
Light-vented Bulbul P. sinensis
Red-whiskered Bulbul P. jocosus
Yellow-vented Bulbul P. goiavier
Red-vented Bulbul P. cafer
Sooty-headed Bulbul P. aurigaster
Himalayan Bulbul P. leucogenys

See also:

Styan’s Bulbul Pycnonotus taivanus


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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