Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Near Threatened

Grey-bellied Bulbul (Pycnonotus cyaniventris)


French: Bulbul à ventre gris German: Graubauchbülbül Spanish: Bulbul ventrigrís

P[ycnonotus]. ? cyaniventris


, 1842,



See P. squamatus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. c. cyaniventris Blyth, 1842 – extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra (including Sipura I).
  • P. c. paroticalis (Sharpe, 1878) – Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; 19–24 g. Medium-small, relatively quiet, inconspicuous bulbul. Male nominate race has blackish lores, contrasting with pale grey supraloral line; rest... read more


    Clear sweet notes given in series of up to nine, sounding like “pi-pi-pwi…, pi-pi-pwi-... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, mature, well regenerated or with much tall timber left standing after... read more

    Food and feeding

    Frugivore; said to be partial insectivore, and attendance of mixed-species flocks suggests that this is the case, but no direct... read more


    Usually breeds Dec–Mar; eggs found in late Jan, dependent fledglings mid-May in Peninsular Malaysia; also Aug and Nov in Borneo. Cup-... read more


    None reported, but likely to be mobile (as most other frugivorous forest-based members of genus).

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Locally fairly common or common throughout much of range, particularly Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra; rare in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Grey-bellied Bulbul (Pycnonotus cyaniventris). 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 24 June 2019).