Family Finches (Fringillidae)


Malay Bullfinch (Pyrrhula waterstradti)


French: Bouvreuil malais German: Malaiengimpel Spanish: Camachuelo malayo

Pyrrhula waterstradti

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1902,

Mt Tahan, northern Pahang, Malaysia


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. nipalensis, but differs in its white vs brown-grey cheeks (3); pale grey and unmarked vs pale-scaled dark brown crown with blackish frons (2); slightly shorter bill, wing and tail (at least 1); seemingly distinctive call (in only known recording), a repeated rather emphatic fast double note “pi-piu”, not reported from other taxa (at least 1). Monotypic.


Mountains of Peninsular Malaysia (Selangor E to Pahang).

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Malay Bullfinch (Pyrrhula waterstradti). 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 23 October 2018).