Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Near Threatened

Camiguin Bulbul (Hypsipetes catarmanensis)


French: Bulbul du Catarman German: Camiguinbülbül Spanish: Bulbul de Camiguín

Hypsipetes everetti catarmanensis

Rand and Rabor

, 1969,

Mt Catarman, 2000–4000 feet [c. 600–1220 m], Camiguin Sur


Hitherto treated as conspecific with H. everetti and H. haynaldi, but differs from both (haynaldi being morphologically closer) in its blackish vs olive-green cap, thus “contrasting sharply with the rest of upperparts”#R (3); darker upperparts (1); darker brownish breast and flanks (1); much larger size (mean wing 129 mm#R vs 112 for everetti and 108 for haynaldi; at least 2); differences in voice also indicated qualitatively#R. Monotypic.

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Camiguin Sur, in SC Philippines.

Descriptive notes

c. 25 cm. Large, noisy, conspicuous bulbul. Larger than formerly conspecific H. everetti, with significantly longer wing (see Taxonomy), and generally darker, with... read more


Song highly melodic, described as a fluty phrase of 7–8 notes, rising and falling, e.g. “wee-wee wo... read more


Forest, forest edge and secondary growth, from c. 150 m to c. 1700 m; tends to prefer intact forest.

Food and feeding

Diet and foraging behaviour presumably similar to H. everetti (and by extension H. haynaldi, but very few specific data... read more


Nothing known.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: confined to a single, comparatively small island (of 270 km²), in the Mindanao and... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Camiguin Bulbul (Hypsipetes catarmanensis). 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 19 August 2019).