Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Puff-throated Bulbul (Alophoixus pallidus)


French: Bulbul pâle German: Braunhaubenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul pálido

Criniger pallidus


, 1870,

Hainan, China


See A. flaveolus. Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. griseiceps. Separation of various races problematic, and listed details are provisional; full review needed to establish validity and precise distribution of each. Putative race grandis (Yunnan, in S China) indistinguishable from henrici. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. p. robinsoni (Ticehurst, 1932) – S Myanmar (Tenasserim).
  • A. p. henrici (Oustalet, 1896) – S China (S Yunnan E to E Guangxi), E Myanmar, N Thailand, N & C Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin).
  • A. p. pallidus (Swinhoe, 1870) – Hainan.
  • A. p. isani (Deignan, 1956) – NE Thailand.
  • A. p. annamensis (Delacour & Jabouille, 1924) – C Vietnam (N & C Annam).
  • A. p. khmerensis (Deignan, 1956) – S Laos, Cambodia (except SW) and C Vietnam (C & S Annam).
  • Descriptive notes

    22–25 cm; 41–52 g. Large, noisy, conspicuous bulbul, crown feathers elongated to form distinct, moderately pointed crest, often raised, elongated throat feathers... read more


    Foraging parties give loud scolding calls semi-constantly; no identifiable song. Usual vocalization... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest and open woodland in lowlands and foothills, locally up to 1800 m.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly berries, although some insects taken, including cicadas; will also take nectar, but much less often than do Hypsipetes... read more


    Breeds Feb–Sept. Best known from observations in Thailand. Those at three nests suggested that three adults fed the young, suggesting... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very common in S China and on Hainan; common in most other parts of its range, including S Myanmar, much of Thailand and N Laos.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Puff-throated Bulbul (Alophoixus pallidus). 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 21 February 2020).