Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)


French: Bulbul de Finlayson German: Streifenkehlbülbül Spanish: Bulbul de Finlayson

Pycnonotus Finlaysoni


, 1844,

“probably from some of the Malasian [sic] islands”; error = Melaka, south-west Peninsular Malaysia


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. davisoni. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. f. eous Riley, 1940 – S China (S Yunnan), Thailand and Indochina.
  • P. f. finlaysoni Strickland, 1844 – S Myanmar (Tenasserim S from R Sittang), S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–20 cm; 24·3–32·3 g. Medium-sized, dull-coloured, lively bulbul. Nominate race has dark brown lores, sometimes with tiny red supraloral spot; rest... read more


    Song a complex, throaty, variable, measured sequence of loud crisp notes, transcribed as “... read more


    Secondary growth, scrub, open areas, edges and clearings in broadleaf evergreen, mixed deciduous,... read more

    Food and feeding

    A generalist. Diet mainly berries and other fruit, including figs (banyans and Ficus trichocarpa, fruit diameter 15·5 mm... read more


    Usually Feb–Sept, at least in Peninsular Malaysia. Nest an open cup-shaped structure c. 6 cm in diameter, rather deep and strongly woven (... read more


    Resident, subject to some minor movements.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common, at least in N Thailand, S Laos and Malaysia; rare in S China. Current status in Myanmar unclear; was previously very... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni). 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 24 January 2020).