Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Green-winged Bulbul (Hemixos connectens)


French: Bulbul du Kinabalu German: Borneo-Weißkehlbülbül Spanish: Bulbul conectado

Hemixus [sic] connectens


, 1887,

Kinabalu, north Borneo


Generally treated as conspecific with H. cinereus, but differs in its pale yellow vs white undertail-coverts (3); yellowish-green vs grey wing-coverts, secondaries, tertials and uppertail (2); weakly marked or undifferentiated vs distinctly darker malar than lores and cheeks (2); browner vs greyer edges of crown feathers, thus appearing less distinctly streaky (ns[1]); slightly longer bill (effect size 1.26, score 1); slightly shorter tail (effect size −1.2, score 1). Monotypic.


Mountain ranges in Borneo.

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm. Medium-large, arboreal, conspicuous bulbul, elongated and pointed feathers of cap and upper neck often raised as crest, long, erectile chin and throat feathers... read more


Thought to be relatively quiet, but has voice similar to that of H. cinereus, including a... read more


Usually in uplands, but locally resident in lowlands, e.g. Niah Caves (Sarawak); in Maliau basin (... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, including berries, and seeds; also insects, including cicadas (Hemiptera) and crickets (Orthoptera). Said to eat many berries,... read more


Very little information; adults in breeding condition in Feb, early Jul and late Dec.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common in mid-montane habitat and reported to be abundant in Kelabit uplands of Borneo. Its montane breeding habitat,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Green-winged Bulbul (Hemixos connectens). 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 June 2019).