Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Grey-crowned Bulbul (Alophoixus griseiceps)


French: Bulbul du Pégou German: Grauhaubenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul birmano

Criniger griseiceps

A. O. Hume

, 1873,

Pegu, southern Myanmar


See A. flaveolus (above). Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. pallidus, but differs in its pale brownish-grey vs pale olive-brown crown (2); whitish vs olive-grey or pale olive-brown face (lores, ear-coverts and moustachial area) (3); pinkish-tinged white throat merging into paler breast vs white throat cutting more sharply to darker breast (ns[1]); breast and belly dull mustard-yellow, shading to cinnamon vent vs pale greyish-yellow, shading to ochreish vent (2). Somewhat smaller than all races of A. pallidus except perhaps A. p. robinsoni. Monotypic.


S Myanmar (Pegu Yomas).

Descriptive notes

22–25 cm. Large, noisy, conspicuous bulbul, crown feathers elongated to form distinct, moderately pointed crest, often raised, elongated throat feathers often puffed out as... read more


Vocalizations apparently undescribed; no known differences from those of A. pallidus.


Broadleaf evergreen forest and open woodland in lowlands and foothills.

Food and feeding

No known differences from A. pallidus, but very few data are available.


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Considered to be common, but very few data available. Restricted-range species: probably more or less confined to the Irrawaddy... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Grey-crowned Bulbul (Alophoixus griseiceps). 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 March 2018).