Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Banggai Golden Bulbul (Thapsinillas harterti)


French: Bulbul des Banggai German: Banggaibülbül Spanish: Bulbul de las Banggai

Criniger affinis harterti


, 1912,

Peleng, Banggai Islands


Until recently considered conspecific with T. longirostris, even after latter was split into five species (see below), as morphological differences from longirostris subtle and voice then not established as distinctive#R. Vocalizations now known to be very different#R, thus split possible on grounds of longer wing (effect size on published data#R 1); more olive on breast, contrasting more with yellow throat (1); less yellow upperparts (1); narrower yellow edges on undertail (1); much shorter song phrase (3); lack of alternating note series (2); and a seemingly different vocabulary of call notes (ns)#R. Monotypic.

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Banggai Is (off E Sulawesi).

Descriptive notes

23–24 cm. Large, conspicuous, essentially olive-coloured bulbul with long bill, weak rictal bristles, short legs and weak feet. Adult is very similar to previously... read more


Song is reported to be variable, comprising several introductory “chupp” notes followed by an... read more


Occupies a wide spectrum of habitats, from undisturbed primary forest to mixed plantations and... read more

Food and feeding

No dietary information. Commonly observed in groups of 3–4 individuals, but like other members of T. longirostris complex probably... read more


Nothing known.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to a single archipelago within the Banggai and Sula Islands EBA. Generally considered to be common... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Banggai Golden Bulbul (Thapsinillas harterti). 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 17 June 2019).