Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Ochraceous Bulbul (Alophoixus ochraceus)


Taxonomy

French: Bulbul ocré German: Ockerbauchbülbül Spanish: Bulbul ocráceo
Taxonomy:

Criniger ochraceus

F. Moore

, 1854,

Mergui, Tenasserim, Myanmar

.

See A. flaveolus (above). Until recently considered conspecific with A. ruficrissus (see below). Race sordidus erroneously listed in HBW as cabanisi, but that name is permanently invalid#R. Putative race crinitus (SW Thailand) indistinguishable from nominate; several other proposed races have been synonymized in the past and are barely distinguishable. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. o. ochraceus (F. Moore, 1854) – SW Thailand and S Myanmar (Tenasserim S of Ye).
  • A. o. sordidus (Richmond, 1900) – S Thailand and C Peninsular Malaysia.
  • A. o. sacculatus (Robinson, 1915) – S Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.
  • A. o. cambodianus (Delacour & Jabouille, 1928) – SE Thailand and SW Cambodia.
  • A. o. hallae (Deignan, 1956) – S Vietnam (S Annam, N Cochinchina) and adjacent NE Cambodia.
  • A. o. sumatranus (Wardlaw-Ramsay, 1882) – W Sumatra.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–22 cm; 35·1–45·4 g (sordidus), 36·7–54 g (sacculatus). Bulky, very noisy, conspicuous bulbul with large bill, elongated hindcrown feathers forming crest... read more

    Voice

    Variety of loud, grating cackles, similar to those of A. pallidus. Commonest calls are... read more

    Habitat

    Broadleaf evergreen forest, either mature or regenerated back to more or less closed-canopy... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly berries and other fruit; also insects. Fruits include Phyllanthus emblica and figs (Ficus), usually swallowed... read more

    Breeding

    Breeds Feb–Jun. Nest a deep cup-shaped structure suspended by rim from supports, in one instance constructed from twigs and dry... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common throughout range; considered extremely common in S Myanmar. Recent sighting (Jan 2002) in NE Cambodia possibly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Ochraceous Bulbul (Alophoixus ochraceus). 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/58015 on 25 September 2017).