Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-wattled Bulbul (Poliolophus urostictus)


French: Bulbul à lunettes jaunes German: Gelbbrillenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul ojiamarillo

Brachypus urostictus


, 1870,

Luzon, Philippine Islands


Races differ little in external appearance, but molecular studies#R#R suggest relatively strong genetic divergence. Racial identity of birds recently recorded on Negros uncertain; tentatively included in atricaudatus, but further study needed. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. u. ilokensis (Rand & Rabor, 1967) – N Philippines (N Luzon).
  • P. u. urostictus (Salvadori, 1870) – C & S Luzon, Polillo and Catanduanes.
  • P. u. atricaudatus (Parkes, 1967) – Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Panaon, Bohol and Negros.
  • P. u. philippensis Hachisuka, 1934 – Dinagat, Siargao, Bucas and Mindanao (except Zamboanga Peninsula).
  • P. u. basilanicus Steere, 1890 – W Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) and Basilan.
  • Descriptive notes

    19 cm; male 21–28 g, female 22–26 g. Medium-sized, dull brown bulbul with strongly rounded tail, elongated crest feathers often raised. Nominate race has crown... read more


    In general highly vocal. Variable call a loud musical trisyllabic whistle (easily imitated), “wee-a... read more


    Forest edge, open woods, second growth in lowlands, to 1000 m; tends to avoid intact forest.

    Food and feeding

    Poorly known. Singles, pairs or small (family?) parties forage mainly on fruit.


    Breeding recorded in Mar, Apr and Aug; birds with enlarged gonads in May on Samar. Nest cup-shaped; usual clutch 3 eggs. No other... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common. Able to persist in quite highly fragmented habitats. Occurs in several protected areas, including Rajah Sikatuna National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Yellow-wattled Bulbul (Poliolophus urostictus). 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).