Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Puff-throated Bulbul (Alophoixus pallidus)


Taxonomy

French: Bulbul pâle German: Braunhaubenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul pálido
Taxonomy:

Criniger pallidus

Swinhoe

, 1870,

Hainan, China

.

See A. flaveolus (above). Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. griseiceps (see above). Separation of various races problematic, and listed details are provisional; full review needed to establish validity and precise distribution of each. Putative race grandis (Yunnan, in S China) indistinguishable from henrici. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. p. robinsoni (Ticehurst, 1932) – S Myanmar (Tenasserim).
  • A. p. henrici (Oustalet, 1896) – S China (S Yunnan E to E Guangxi), N Thailand, N & C Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin).
  • A. p. pallidus (Swinhoe, 1870) – Hainan.
  • A. p. isani (Deignan, 1956) – NE Thailand.
  • A. p. annamensis (Delacour & Jabouille, 1924) – C Vietnam (N & C Annam).
  • A. p. khmerensis (Deignan, 1956) – S Laos, Cambodia (except SW) and C Vietnam (C & S Annam).
  • Descriptive notes

    22–25 cm; 41–52 g. Large, noisy, conspicuous bulbul, crown feathers elongated to form distinct, moderately pointed crest, often raised, elongated throat feathers... read more

    Voice

    Foraging parties give loud scolding calls semi-constantly; no identifiable song. Usual vocalization... read more

    Habitat

    Broadleaf evergreen forest and open woodland in lowlands and foothills, locally up to 1800 m.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly berries, although some insects taken, including cicadas; will also take nectar, but much less often than do Hypsipetes... read more

    Breeding

    Breeds Feb–Sept. Best known from observations in Thailand. Those at three nests suggested that three adults fed the young, suggesting... read more

    Movements

    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very common in S China and on Hainan; common in most other parts of its range, including S Myanmar, much of Thailand and N Laos.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Puff-throated Bulbul (Alophoixus pallidus). 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/58014 on 25 September 2017).