Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Critically Endangered

Sangihe Golden Bulbul (Thapsinillas platenae)


French: Bulbul des Sangir German: Sangihebülbül Spanish: Bulbul de las Sangihe

Criniger Platenae

A. W. H. Blasius

, 1888,

near Manganita, Sangihe


Until recently considered conspecific with T. longirostris, but this was split into five species#R (now six), present species differing from all (and from T. affinis and T. mysticalis) in its bright yellow triangular lores extending to and contiguous with the eyering (2); bright yellow eyering, broken only by a narrow gap at rear of eye (3); yellowish ear-coverts and yellow submoustachial area, producing a broad yellow throat (ns[2]); very broad yellow fringes on inner vanes of rectrices extending the length of the feathers (2); and apparently particular vocalizations#R. Monotypic.


Sangihe I (off NE Sulawesi).

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm. Large, conspicuous, olive-and-yellow bulbul with long bill, weak rictal bristles. Adult has virtually unifom olive-green plumage, except vivid-yellow lores and... read more


Song comprises two short components, the first consists of four rich, nasal notes that rise in... read more


Prefers interior of broadleaf evergreen forest, or light woodland, from sea-level to c. 900–1000 m... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Occurs in pairs and small groups typically of 3–6 birds, exceptionally up to ten individuals.


No information.



Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Known from three specimens. Population tiny, estimated at just 30–150 mature individuals and is believed to be still declining as and the species is... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Sangihe Golden Bulbul (Thapsinillas platenae). 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 20 January 2020).