Striated Bulbul

Striated Bulbul
Striated Bulbul Alcurus striatus, Gaoligong Mountains (25.304855, 98.787628), Yunnan, China, elev. 1540 m (5,060 ft.), February. (Craig Brelsford)

Striated Bulbul Alcurus striatus ranges Himalayas to northern Southeast Asia, with small part of range in Tibet (striatus) and Yunnan (striatus, paulus). HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Broadleaved forest in hills and mountains. Noisy, active, often in flocks. ID Extensive white streaking distinguishes from all other bulbuls. Green above, lemon-yellow on belly, with fine streaks (like uncooked rice) on upperparts and fatter streaking (like cooked rice) on underparts. Has crest, also streaked. Vent yellow, unstreaked. BARE PARTS Bill, feet black. VOICE Sharp, slow whistles. Song a rapid warble of random whistles and squeaks. — Craig Brelsford

THE BULBULS OF CHINA covers most members of Pycnonotidae in China. Click any link:

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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