Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Ashy-fronted Bulbul (Pycnonotus cinereifrons)


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

Brachypus cinereifrons


, 1878,

Puerto Princesa, Palawan


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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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


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


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.


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



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. (2019). 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 on 18 August 2019).