Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Near Threatened

Finsch's Bulbul (Alophoixus finschii)


French: Bulbul de Finsch German: Finschbülbül Spanish: Bulbul de Finsch

Criniger finschii


, 1871,



Highly divergent in morphology, behaviour and voice, and may merit isolation in monotypic genus; thorough review needed. Putative race theiodes (= theoides) only very weakly differentiated. Monotypic.


Extreme S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

16·5–17 cm; 22–25 g. Medium-sized, dull, unobtrusive bulbul with distinctively short bill. Side of head is brownish olive, greenish tint on ear-coverts and... read more


Not well known. Usually very quiet, but said to give simple series of notes, transcribed as “... read more


Usually in primary and selectively logged evergreen forest in lowlands, avoiding heavily logged... read more

Food and feeding

A generalist; eats fruit and insects. Especially fond of berries of Trema and figs of riverside banyans (e.g. Ficus microcarpa... read more


Recorded in Mar–Jul. Nest built by both pair-members; nest undescribed, but pair in mature forest gathered material at canopy level;... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Generally uncommon or rare; possibly overlooked. Status in Sumatra was, until recently, enigmatic; apart from... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2020). Finsch's Bulbul (Alophoixus finschii). 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 25 January 2020).