Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

White-headed Bulbul (Cerasophila thompsoni)


French: Bulbul à tête blanche German: Thompsonbülbül Spanish: Bulbul cabeciblanco

Cerasophila Thompsoni


, 1900,

Southern Shan States, Myanmar




N, C, E & S Myanmar (Bhamo district S to N Tenasserim) and W & NW Thailand.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 42 g. Distinctive, medium-sized bulbul. Entire head, upper neck and throat are pure white, apart from thin black loral streak extending around upper side of eye as... read more


Singles or pairs generally silent unless singing, but flocks can be noisy. Song of variable short... read more


Forest edges, secondary forest, lightly wooded country, poppy gardens, park-like areas of scrub or... read more

Food and feeding

Diet little known; one stomach from N Thailand contained only insects. Forages in loose flocks of up to 20 individuals; restless arboreal... read more


Mar–Jul in N Thailand. Nest (in Myanmar) a fairly shallow cup built of grass seed-stems (possibly of Saccharum arundinaceum... read more


Generally resident. Some evidence of post-breeding downslope movement; arrives in numbers in winter... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common in its relatively small range; e.g. common in Karen Hills, in Myanmar. Quite common in N Thailand during winter months, at... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). White-headed Bulbul (Cerasophila thompsoni). 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 18 August 2019).