Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Sula Golden Bulbul (Thapsinillas longirostris)


French: Bulbul des Sula German: Sulabülbül Spanish: Bulbul de las Sula
Other common names: Northern Golden Bulbul (when treated as conspecific with T. platenae, T. aurea, T. chloris, T. lucasi and T. harterti)

Criniger longirostris


, 1863,

Sula Islands


Treated as conspecific with T. affinis until HBW, where given species status with seven subspecies; subsequently T. chloris, T. lucasi, T. aurea and T. platenae also split off#R, and very recently T. harterti as well (see last two). Monotypic.


Sula Is (off E Sulawesi).

Descriptive notes

23–24 cm. Large, conspicuous, essentially olive-coloured bulbul with long bill, weak rictal bristles, short legs and weak feet. Adult has head, including lores, and... read more


Often noisy. Gives emphatic husky chattering “che” or “chir!” notes, often... read more


On Taliabu, occurs in primary forest, secondary forest, degraded forest and clearings, from... read more

Food and feeding

Diet and foraging strategy undocumented; thought to eat fruit and insects. Usually encountered in pairs or small groups of up to ten... read more


Nest containing two eggs found in Sula Is in Oct–Nov. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to a single archipelago within the Banggai and Sula Islands EBA. Population unknown, but is... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Sula Golden Bulbul (Thapsinillas longirostris). 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 30 March 2020).