Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Near Threatened

Puff-backed Bulbul (Euptilotus eutilotus)


French: Bulbul laineux German: Flauschrückenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul lanudo

Brachypus eutilotus

Jardine and Selby

, 1837,





Extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Bangka and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

20–22 cm; 30–43 g. A chunky, bicoloured, relatively quiet bulbul with large bill, short crest often raised at shallow angle; feathers of lower back dense and... read more


Usually rather silent, but presence often revealed by a “whimsical trill” from high perch,... read more


Usually found in mature lowland broadleaf evergreen forest (often in lightly or heavily logged... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on berries and other fruits, also insects. The only specific foraging records are of visits to fig trees: banyans (Ficus... read more


Breeds Mar–Jun in Borneo; recent fledgling found on 7th May in Peninsular Malaysia. Rump feathers raised and puffed out in display.... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Extinct in Singapore since 1836 (although recent unconfirmed sightings in... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Puff-backed Bulbul (Euptilotus eutilotus). 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 19 August 2019).