Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-wattled Bulbul (Poliolophus urostictus)


Taxonomy

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

Brachypus urostictus

Salvadori

, 1870,

Luzon, Philippine Islands

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    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

    Movements

    Resident.

    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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57949 on 18 August 2019).