Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Togian Golden Bulbul (Thapsinillas aurea)


French: Bulbul des Togian German: Togianbülbül Spanish: Bulbul de las Togian

Criniger aureus


, 1872,

Togian Islands


Until recently considered conspecific with T. longirostris, but this was split into five species#R (now six), present species differing from geographically and morphologically closest form, T. longirostris, in its notably more golden-yellow underparts (2); much-reduced yellow fringes on the tips and inner vanes of rectrices (2); vague half-wedge yellow lores below a very narrow blackish-brown frontal supercilial line and notably darker olive-green crown (2); rump a shade yellower, less green (ns[1]); shorter bill (sample size very small; allow 1); and apparently distinctive vocalizations#R. Monotypic.


Togian Is, in Gulf of Tomini, off EC Sulawesi.

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm. Large, conspicuous, olive-and-yellow bulbul with long bill, weak rictal bristles. Adult has dark olive-green head and upperparts, with slightly brighter rump and... read more


Song is a rapid series of sharp notes followed by a loud jumble of short whistles that accelerate... read more


Observed in primary, secondary and degraded forest, as well as mixed plantations, from sea-level to... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Usually observed in pairs or small groups of fewer than ten individuals.


Nothing known.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to a single-island group in the Sulawesi EBA. Fairly common, being known from at least Togian I,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Togian Golden Bulbul (Thapsinillas aurea). 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 27 February 2020).