Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Ashy-fronted Bulbul (Pycnonotus cinereifrons)


Taxonomy

French: Bulbul à front cendré German: Graustirnbülbül Spanish: Bulbul penitente
Taxonomy:

Brachypus cinereifrons

Tweeddale

, 1878,

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

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Until recently considered conspecific with P. plumosus, but strongly divergent genetically#R, and differs much less obviously in its paler bill throughout, especially at base (ns[1]); grey-flecked forecrown (2); greyish-white vs pale brown belly, and paler vent (2); olive-brown vs olive-green back, wings, rump and tail (2); seemingly different voice, giving only slow but not fast version of song (P. plumosus gives both, but further research needed on this point) (1). Monotypic.

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Distribution:

W Philippines (Busuanga, Culion, Palawan).

Descriptive notes

19–20·5 cm; 30·6–37·8 g. Adult is relatively small-headed, with pale greyish fringes and centres to forehead feathers, greyish-brown ear-coverts with conspicuous white shaft-... read more

Voice

Song a bubbling “chop wit chu do-de-do-de-du” lasting c. 2 seconds that is repeated every 5–10... read more

Habitat

Inhabits open country and forest edge, as well as second growth, but not usually observed in... read more

Food and feeding

No information, but is presumably a dietary generalist like P. plumosus.

Breeding

Almost nothing known, but birds in breeding condition collected in Apr.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Palawan EBA. Considered to be fairly common. Population unknown, but believed to be stable... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Ashy-fronted Bulbul (Pycnonotus cinereifrons). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/1343925 on 25 September 2017).