Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Bulbul (Alophoixus flaveolus)


French: Bulbul flavéole German: Weißkehl-Haubenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul frentigrís

Trichophorus flaveolus


, 1836,

Himalayan Mountains = Nepal


Forms a well-supported clade with A. griseiceps, A. pallidus and A. ochraceus#R. Putative races described from Assam, viridulus (Lushai Hills) and aureolus (Naga Hills), appear indistinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. f. flaveolus (Gould, 1836) – Himalayan foothills from C Nepal E to Bhutan, NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, and S Assam hills including Meghalaya, Tripura and Lushai Hills), SE Tibet, NE & SE Bangladesh (Sylhet, Chittagong) and NW & NE Myanmar (Chindwin, Arakan).
  • A. f. burmanicus (Oates, 1889) – S China (W Yunnan), SE Myanmar (Karen Hills, Southern Shan States, Tenasserim) and W Thailand.
  • Descriptive notes

    21·5–22 cm; male 38–54 g, female 38–48 g. Bulky, brash, conspicuous bulbul with fairly stout bill, adult with spindly, pointed crest (sometimes... read more


    Noisy, heard more often than seen. Wide variety of calls, all short and nasal, with no identifiable... read more


    Occurs in understorey or middle storey of primary and secondary evergreen forest, usually at 600... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet primarily fruit, including berries; recorded as eating gooseberries (Phyllanthus emlica) in NE India; also eats insects.... read more


    Breeds Apr–Jul. Nest reportedly built by both sexes, outer layer constructed of dead leaves and bamboo leaves, fairly loosely... read more


    Resident; tends to move downslope in some regions during non-breeding season.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common throughout range; rare in S China. Very local in Bangladesh, but fairly common at a few sites in Nepal, and very common in suitable... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2018). White-throated Bulbul (Alophoixus flaveolus). 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 17 March 2018).