Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Cinereous Bulbul (Hemixos cinereus)


French: Bulbul terreux German: Malaien-Weißkehlbülbül Spanish: Bulbul cinéreo

I[ole]. cinerea


, 1845,

Melaka, Peninsular Malaysia


See H. flavala. Usually treated as conspecific with H. connectens (which see). Monotypic.


S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

20·5–21 cm; 27·2–35·2 g. Medium-large, arboreal, conspicuous bulbul, elongated and pointed feathers of cap and upper neck often raised as... read more


Regular calls by group-members are a series of loud ringing “tree-tree-tree”, a whining... read more


Montane broadleaf evergreen forest (primary or selectively logged) and second growth. Recorded at... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, including berries, and seeds; also insects. Recorded items include the “berries” of mass-producing Lindera... read more


Season Feb–Jun. One nest was an open cup, placed 3 m above ground in small roadside tree in montane forest. One brood of two fledglings,... read more


Resident, with post-breeding dispersive movements. In Peninsular Malaysia, dispersal appears to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common in mid-montane habitat throughout range, but scarce in N Sumatra. In Peninsular Malaysia, regular and common in... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Cinereous Bulbul (Hemixos cinereus). 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).